His mother’s eyes were filled with tears as George Bartlett was crowned a winner at this year’s We Can Do It! awards.
Dressed in a cute black suit and white shirt, the seven-year-old captured the hearts of the audience inside the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, where this year’s ceremony was held.
He was the winner of the Spirit of Youth category – an award which recognises a young person who goes above and beyond to care for others.
And George, of Windmill Grove, Portchester, does just that for his mother Claire Goodson.
Since the age of five he has cared for his mum.
Claire, 28, said: ‘It’s amazing he has won, we’re so thrilled.
‘He was gripping my hand so tight as the runner-up was announced.
‘Then when he heard his name, we were all so happy.’
And the crowd shared the enthusiasm of George and his family as they all erupted into a loud cheer.
His award, which was sponsored by Astrium, was presented to the youngster by Portsmouth X Factor stars Same Difference.
As he went to collect it, mum Claire, uncle Stefan Goodson, and nan Lynne Green were all moved to tears.
George has been caring for his mother since he was five. It comes after Claire suffered from a stroke aged two.
Since then she has suffered from many health problems, which sometimes means she cannot get out of bed.
George, who goes to Red Barn Primary School, in Linden Lea, Portchester, said: ‘I find it easy looking after my mum.
‘I help her get out of bed and get her things.
‘I also get ready for school by myself.
‘I’m very happy to win and I enjoyed watching Same Difference perform.’
‘This year has been amazing,’ added Claire.
‘He just does everything without needing to be asked and makes life so much easier.
‘He’s even managed to keep his school attendance up.
‘There’s some days that there’s no way I could’ve got him ready for school, yet he does it all by himself.
‘Because of that his school work hasn’t been affected.’
Coming runner-up was Bobby Jervis, eight, of Battens Way, Leigh Park, who was nominated for helping to save a mobile library from closing.
He wrote to Hampshire County Council asking for it to be saved – and it worked.
The ceremony 10 winners collect awards for 10 categories.
And crowds were also entertained Portsmouth’s very own X Factor stars Same Difference.
Brother-and-sister duo Sean and Sarah Smith got the crowd going as they performed three songs.
Kicking off the night’s entertainment was the Portsmouth High Ukulele Ladies.
Audiences were also treated to Instant Star winner Amy Tiller, with her gymnastic dancing and street dancers Boutique.
All those short-listed have great stories behind them of community spirit – capturing what the We Can Do It Awards are all about.
BEST ART, SPORT, OR COMMUNITY PROJECT
sponsored by Wave 105
WINNER: King’s Kids
OTHER FINALISTS: Becky Hill
CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
sponsored by Biomedia
WINNER: Lyndhurst Junior School
RUNNER-UP: Hayling Park litter pick
OTHER FINALISTS: David Jones
Portsmouth International Port
The Big Clean Up
sponsored by Abbey Garden Centre
WINNER: Garden of Reflection
RUNNER-UP: Southern Electric
OTHER FINALISTS: Stacey Community Centre
Newtown Primary School
Lee-on-the-Solent memorial garden
sponsored by Southern Water
WINNER: Redlands Primary School
RUNNER-UP: Wickham Church of England School
OTHER FINALISTS: Bosmere Junior School
Admiral Lord Nelson School
Stamshaw Junior School
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
WINNER: George Boyden
RUNNER-UP: Chris Bowen
OTHER FINALISTS: Adrian Mills
Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards
SERVICE WITH A SMILE
WINNER: Rowlands Pharmacy
OTHER FINALISTS: Adi Manning
All About Tea
Nurses at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester
sponsored by Colas
WINNER: Audrey Arnell
RUNNER-UP: Residents in Curlew Gardens, Wecock
OTHER FINALISTS: Ernie Worboys
Youngsters from Chewter Close
Residents in St Ronan’s Avenue
SPIRIT OF YOUTH
sponsored by Astrium
WINNER: George Bartlett
RUNNER-UP: Bobby Jervis
OTHER FINALISTS: Shannon Atkins
Eight children who handed in stolen goods
Chloe Andrews and Alisha Uddin, of Cottage Grove Primary School
WINNER: Gosport Business Centre
RUNNER-UP: Access Self Storage
OTHER FINALISTS: BAE Systems
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
OTHER FINALISTS: Stephen Hull
ARTICLES and pictures on the winners from our We Can Do It Awards will run in The News this week.
People can find out more about the amazing stories behind the winners and why they were awarded their accolade – plus more pictures from the big night.
WEDNESDAY: Best School/Personal Achievement/Best Volunteer
THURSDAY: Best Garden/Care Of The Environment/Best Business
FRIDAY: Service With A Smile/Best Street
SATURDAY: Best Art, Sport or Community Project