Our unsung community heroes have had their moment in the spotlight at the Boston Standard Pride Awards.
The event, held at Boston West Golf Club and sponsored by L&H Homes, honours those who have gone the extra mile or who have excelled in their particular fields - often defying the odds.
Each nominee was put forward by readers, before a public vote decided who would be crowned the winner in each category.
And in some cases the voting was just too close to separate those put forward, with a number of joint winners.
L&H Homes then selected an overall winner, with this year’s honour going to 12-year-old Tierney Watson, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia.
The youngster was nominated after raising about £1,000 to help charities supporting other people in a similar situation.
She is now in remission and planning further money making initiatives.
Tierney spoke of her own experiences and how she felt inspired to ‘give back’ to those who had helped her.
She said: “I saw it on Facebook (fundraising) and just wanted to do something like that for myself and just give back what they gave to me.”
She said she was enjoying helping others and had done a lot of fundraising including a coffee morning, making cards and badges to sell and even getting her teachers to dress up.
She’s raised more than £1,000 adding: “I’m very thankful to all who donated as well.”
She said she hoped to do a skydive when she reached the age of 18.
The evening was compared by Scott Dalton from BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s breakfast show, with Boston’s new MP Matt Warman on hand to present the majority of awards.
Standard editor Stephen Stray said: “It was a fantastic evening full of inspiring stories and individuals. I congratulate all those nominated and the eventual winners. There are a lot of people doing many good things in our community and these awards are just one way we can thank those involved.
“I am sure there are many more groups and individuals working within our community with little or no recognition and I would also like to extend my thanks to all of those.”
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The winners and highly commended
Boskat Child Achiever Award
Winner: Holly Davis, who wrote a poem about the First World War, which won her one of the ceramic poppies ‘planted’ at the Tower of London.
Highly-commended: Chiara Danks, who suffers with Macrophage Activation Syndrome - a potentially fatal complication of rheumatic disease. She also has Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and has endured numerous tests and procedures at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Joint winners: Karen Swan and LIVES
Midwife Karen was nominated for the excellent job she does - showing professionalism, knowledge and skill.
The team at Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES) was nominated on its 45th anniversary for the work it does to save lives across the county.
Winner: Tierney Watson
Highly commended: Connor Boyfield, who was nominated for his achievements in the swimming pool. The 16-year-old was born with part of his right arm missing and after taking to the pool now has his sights set on the 2020 Paralympic Games.
Customer Care Award
Winner: R. Matthewman and Son. The jewellers was praised for its high level of customer service, friendliness and professionalism.
Highly commended: Asda team, after coming to the aid of someone suffering a cardiac arrest.
Winner: Andrew Castley, for his work inspiring pupils at the Giles Academy. The nomination came after he sent an iPhone into space.
Highly commended: Mary Meredith, from Thomas Cowley High School in Donington, for coordinating a video about body image and for inspiring pupils to think about how they act and perceive themselves.
Senior Achiever Award
Joint winners: David Lovelace and Ronnie Robinson
David, 71, was nominated for his service to Boston Judo Club, where he has been a member since the age of 15.
Ronnie was put forward for dedicating 25 years of voluntary service to the Boston Samaritans, along with three years at Boston Women’s Aid and other volunteering roles.
Community Spirit Award
Winner: Neil Butler, for his work as chairman of the Wednesday Club, a youth club for children with special needs and disabilities. His nominator said Neil, who has a son with Down’s Syndrome, organises parties and trips out.
Highly commended: Christine Herriott, who battled breast cancer, was nominated for her volunteer work for the Marie Curie Nurses, tirelessly organising stalls and ladies’ days.
Highly commended: Michael Jessop, for his work in the community including at the Centenary Church soup kitchen, with the street pastors and other initiatives.