VIDEO: Nick wins hotly contested community award

The Community Spirit Award was hotly contested with no fewer than five nominees.

And you voted fundraiser Nick Maddison as your winner after he completed a number of tough marathon challenges – including running through icy water, fire and barbed wire – in memory of his granddad Norman Sculthorpe.

Nick Maddison take his award

Nick Maddison take his award

He has now raised about £3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

“It’s been a tough old year. But it’s all worth it in memory of my granddad who we lost to Alzheimer’s.

“He deteriorated that quickly I wanted to do something big to remember him by. He was a big character and we miss him massively,” said Nick.

As much as it was important to raise money for the charity, Nick said that people talking about his challenges it has helped to raise awareness of the condition.

Speaking of his granddad, he added: “He will be smiling at me I think.”

He now plans to take a break, before setting his sights on another fundraising effort this time for the Stroke Society.

Highly commended in this category were:

l Ann and Peter Booth for their efforts in Kirton, namely with the town hall. Their nominator said they had worked ‘tirelessly’.

l Derek Elmhirst for his work with Wyberton Colts, fulfilling many more roles than that of child welfare officer.

l Derrick Venn was nominated as the group footpath officer for the Boston group of the Rambler’s Association - described as an ‘enthusiastic, volunteer defender of public rights of way’.

l Frank Thompson and Les Budding were nominated for their work installing plaques in the Boston War Memorial Gardens, also known as Veteran’s Way.