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Making Us Proud

WATCH: The brother and sister who won’t be beaten by their rare skin condition

There is no hint of exaggeration when Michelle Fincham describes her children Grace and Freddie as ‘an inspiration’.

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Best School winners Mengham Infants School

Hayling pupils win Best School at We Can Do It awards

Children were beaming with pride as they picked up the Best School trophy at this year’s We Can Do It Awards.

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Linzi Stean from Colas (left) presents the runner-up award in Service With A Smile to Jane Hall

Portsmouth taxi form and Gosport slimmer win at We Can Do It awards

People who go that extra mile to provide a brilliant service were recognised at our We Can Do It awards.

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News gardening guru Brian Kidd with Fernhurst Junior headteacher Roberta Kirby and chairwoman of governors Barbara Lonsdale, right
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Urban garden created by Southsea school takes prize at We Can Do It awards

DEDICATING an area of the site to make a garden saw a school named the winners of Best Garden.

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Aled Price, left, from the New Theatre Royal presents the Best Art or Community Project to winner Daniel Williams

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Gosport artist wins at We Can Do It award for exhibition on mental health

ARTIST Daniel Williams is trying to change the stigma around mental health through his paintings and poems.

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Lara Skingsley and Jane Di Dino with the Care of the Environment award

Conservation group named winners for beach clean at We Can Do It awards

LOOKING after our coastlines and clearing up rubbish saw a conservation group win at The News’ We Can Do It awards.

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(L-r) Linzi Stean from Colas presents the Best Street Award to Carrie Shay and Kaitlin McKenzie

Feeding the homeless sees Southsea street win prize at We Can Do It awards

LOST for words, Carrie Shay could not believe it when she picked up the winner’s award for Best Street at The News’ We Can Do It awards.

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The editor of The News Mark Waldron presents the Personal Achievement award to David Williamson  Picture: Sarah Standing (161597-3898)

Completing charity challenges sees David pick up We Can Do It award

HE HAS taken on a marathon, wheeled around a lake for 24 hours and completed three Great South Runs.

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Winners and runners-up of The News' We Can Do It awards held today. Picture: Sarah Standing

We Can Do It Awards celebrate unsung heroes who make a difference

IT WAS an afternoon full of determined volunteers, kind youngsters and brilliant businesses.

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May Edney celebrated her birthday at Southlands Nursing Home with her nearest and dearest

Talented May turns 104 with her wit still intact

She might have just turned 104, but woman-of-many-talents May Edney doesn’t feel it, and she certainly doesn’t act it.

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Elizabeth Smith celebrated her 100th birthday at the Alexandra Bowls Club. Here she is with her great-great grandson Albert Perkins, 15 months. Picture: Keith Woodland.

Family gather to surprise great-great grandmother for 100th birthday

Elizabeth Smith knew turning 100 would be special, but she didn’t expect a birthday-related cup of tea to turn into a surprise party filled with all of her family members, friends and neighbours.

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Soulmates Sarah and Andy have been together for 13 years and in that time, have shared many experiences. Picture: markrobbinsphotography.co.uk.

Wedding: Sarah Poole and Andy Jarvis

After losing her father in 2011, an engaged Sarah Poole was reluctant to give up the last piece she had of him – her maiden name – to marry her best friend and rock Andy Jarvis.

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Gerry, from Havant, enjoyed get-togethers at his independent living block, the Meridian Shopping Centre and at The Plaza, Havant Borough Council

100th Birthday: Celebrations galore for much-loved community stalwart

Gerry Rayner is not short of friends – and that was certainly proved when he was thrown not one, not two, but three birthday parties for his 100th birthday.

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Family-orientated Mary Garland celebrated her birthday with loved ones at the Langstone Conservative Club

100th Birthday: Inspirational family matriarch celebrates with loved ones

As the matriarch of her family, 100-year-old Mary Garland is sharp, funny, and never misses a trick.

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Pearl celebrated at the Fort Cumberland Arms, Eastney, with her loved ones and the naval cadets. 
Picture: Sarah Standing.

Popular Pearl celebrates her 90th birthday with naval cadets

It was a party fit for the Queen – and Pearl Millington’s family wouldn’t have had it any other way for the much-loved 90-year-old, who is a cheeky, full-of-life queen in her own right.

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Brian Ward, who was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer last year, cycles behind his daughter Sharon Lobban in order to help her prepare for the Great South Run this weekend. Sharon will run for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Dad inspires his girl to take on the Great South Run

A DEVOTED daughter is following in her fitness-loving father’s footsteps after his cancer diagnosis rocked their family.

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Mollie Martin, also known as 'nanny Mol', received lots of birthday cards. Picture: Tamara Siddiqui.

100th Birthday: Mollie Martin

Mollie Martin is a Gosport girl through and through and, as she celebrated becoming a centenarian this month, she spoke of the reason behind her longevity – her big, loving family.

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Southsea-based soulmates Simon and Keira moved in together one month after their first date. Picture: kimcollinsphoto.com.

Wedding: Simon Jacobs and Keira Messingham

It was their love of darts that brought them together and their love for each other which led to a wedding for Southsea-based soulmates Keira and Simon Jacobs.

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Jaida-Lou Carter, nine, during her performance 

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Competition hots up to be named this year’s Instant Star

PEOPLE from around Portsmouth demonstrated that they have definitely got talent at last night’s Instant Star contest.

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Sid and Vera Fellows celebrated their platinum wedding on the same day as Sid's 95th birthday.

Picture: Sarah Standing (161288-7355)

Driver of the last Hayling Billy train celebrates 95th birthday and platinum wedding

It’s pretty special to celebrate your 95th birthday after a lifetime full of achievements, surrounded by loved ones at a party. But Sid Fellows, ex-serviceman and driver of the very last train to grace the Hayling Billy line at Hayling, celebrated another landmark on the same day – 70 years of marriage to his one true love, Vera.

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