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Honouring Boston’s unsung heroes at the Pride Awards

The Pride Award winners EMN-140521-110949001

The Pride Award winners EMN-140521-110949001

The town’s unsung heroes and heroines have been honoured at a special awards ceremony.

The Boston Standard Pride Awards winners and runners-up were officially revealed at Boston West Golf Centre on May 16.

They had been nominated and voted by the public, with inspirational blind nine-year-old Isabella King being chosen overall winner by event sponsor L&H Homes.

Isabella also took home the Boskat Child Achiever Award for her accomplishments playing piano and harp to a high standard.

Proud mum Elizabeth King said Isabella was an inspiration to the family.

She said: “When somebody can’t see you do find out what’s important in life.

“She has this musical talent and we are just so proud of that. Things are a challenge but it’s a really positive one.”

She added: “I never expected her to win the overall award in a million years - so many people have done so much for the community.

“It means anything is possible - just believe.”

L&H Homes managing director Mike Hardy was impressed by Isabella’s musical talent and the difference she has made to other people’s lives.

He added: “I was really impressed by the tenacity that that must take.”

The kickboxing Baxter family also had a successful night with 14-year-old Nesta taking home the Youth Achiever Award and mum Linda taking the Community Spirit Award for her work running Evolution Martial Arts.

Nesta, 14, said: “My mum decided this would be good for self-defence and then I loved it. I really enjoy it and have met so many people from all over the country.”

Linda added: “We wanted to put something back into the community, make people fitter and healthier and get them off the streets basically.”

The Carer Award went to Jean Newham, who had been nominated after looking after a young man who had attended the Monday Pop-In Group at the Holy Trinity Church for seven years – one of many she has supported.

Jean said :”I know what it’s like to be lonely so I do try to make sure nobody is lonely.

“I don’t know what I would’ve done without Holy Trinity Church.”

Parish and borough councillor Alan Lee returned to Kirton victorious after taking the Senior Achiever Award for his work around the village and campaigns within it.

Coun Lee said: “I think to be a successful councillor you have to care about the ward you represent and I am passionate about Kirton.

“It’s nice to know people appreciate the work you do.”

Top Teacher went to John Fielding Community Special School’s Sue Coleman, who is retiring at the end of the term.

She said: “It’s not just me, it’s the whole team at the school.

“As a teacher you have a whole key stage so we have children for five years and in that five years you get to know the children very well.”

Finally, the Customer Service Award went to Dolphin Lane café Crumbs.

Joint owners Carol Rate and Debbie Watts collected the award.

Carol said there was a buzz which came from ‘all of our staff and customers, we love them all’.

 

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