Extraordinary Wigan residents celebrated at Our Town Awards ceremony

Some of Wigan borough’s most special individuals were celebrated during an awards ceremony recognising all those who have gone above and beyond to make their neighbourhoods a better place.
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The Our Town Awards took place at The Edge in Wigan, and saluted the people and groups that have made the biggest contributions to their community, from climate heroes and carers to leaders and rising stars.

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Coun David Molyneux, leader of Wigan Council, said: “There’s no denying that events around the world have created new challenges for us all to manage. But Wigan borough has responded with support, strength and kindness, looking out for each other and pulling together.

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“I’d like to thank all those who submitted nominations and for bringing these incredible individuals to our attention to receive the recognition they truly deserve. The kindness, bravery and selflessness of our finalists have not gone unnoticed."

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Among the evening’s winners was Tony Brierley who took home the carers champion award. Tony has been an unpaid carer to his wife for seven years and stood out due to his dedication and work supporting charities, like Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis. He has also been recognised by BBC Breakfast which invited him onto their show earlier this year to help spread the news and advocate for the rights of carers.

The Young Rising Star award went to Evie Blackburn, a volunteer for local dance troop WigLe dance who raised hundreds of pounds for Bowel Cancer UK.

Jim Martlew was crowned Be Kind resident of the year in recognition of all the help he gives to his neighbours, from taking them to appointments to keeping the street’s gardens tidy. Meanwhile, Ashton Upholstery was named Be Kind Business of the year; this 30-year-old furniture manufacturer spends the Christmas period giving back to local residents in need.

A special Leader’s category was introduced this year to recognise an event or group that has made a significant contribution. This award went to the many volunteers who helped to deliver the EUFA Women’s EURO tournament, demonstrating community spirit and commitment to supporting the borough.

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Other winners included Kerry Cunningham who took home the community leader award and Alison Ball who was awarded the climate champion award.

Boxing for Better won the community project of the year award for helping children to learn life skills and social skills through boxing, while Kirkwood Close scooped the accolade for best street in the borough.

Find out more at: wigan.gov.uk/OurTown

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