Unsung heroes honoured at The News We Can Do It! awards

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  • This year’s We Can Do It awards were full of wonderful stories and people
  • The afternoon says thank you to all the unsung heroes in the community
  • There were 10 winners ranging from Best Business to Best School
  • Awards presented at The Kings Theatre in Southsea
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It was an afternoon full of heart-warming stories, dedicated volunteers and people who have made a difference.

Yesterday marked the 15th News We Can Do It awards, which celebrate the unsung heroes in the community.

Pictured are winners and runner- up of The News We Can Do It awards at The Kings Theatre ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151682-53)

Pictured are winners and runner- up of The News We Can Do It awards at The Kings Theatre ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151682-53)

Families and groups gathered at the Kings Theatre in Southsea to see who had won and come runner-up in the 10 categories.

From people taking on huge physical challenges to schools raising money, the nominees were all people who have gone that extra mile.

Led by Wave 105 presenter Steve Power, the awards also had some great entertainment from The News Instant Star winner Mollie Jay and the South Downe Musical Society.

Nineteen-year-old Mollie wowed the crowds with her voice as she sung three songs including an acoustic version of Jess Glynne’s My Love and the song that won her the Instant Star title Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.

It was great to hear their wonderful stories from youngsters raising money to neighbours who have come together.

Mark Waldron

The audience were also give a preview of Legally Blonde the Musical which the South Downe Musical Society is performing at the Kings Theatre from November 11 until November 14.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, says: ‘It was a fantastic afternoon where we were able to say thank you to the people who work hard in the community.

‘It was great to hear their wonderful stories from youngsters raising money to neighbours who have come together.

‘The We Can Do It awards are important because they highlight the volunteers who do so much and the people and organisations who go that extra mile.

Best Volunteer winner Margaret Taylor (151682-57)

Best Volunteer winner Margaret Taylor (151682-57)

‘It was good to see the nominees at the show supported by friends and families, cheering them on.’

The We Can Do It awards have 10 categories, which range from Best Business and Best Garden to Spirit of Youth and Service with a Smile.

Winners from across the area and of all ages were acknowledged from 75-year-old Margaret Taylor, from Portchester, whose volunteer work for a charity saw her win Best Volunteer to 17-year-old Zoe Adey, from Portsmouth, who won the Spirit of Youth category.

Roll of honour

Best Business runner up - SSE Havant (151682-6)

Best Business runner up - SSE Havant (151682-6)

Best Street (sponsored by Colas):

Winner: Lumley Road, Emsworth

Runner-up: Nettlecombe Avenue, Southsea

Service with a Smile (sponsored by Marriott)

Winner: The Burrito Man, Havant

Runner-up: Paula Lawes

Nigel Cole and Andrea Cox, directors of Verisona presenting the Best Business Award to winners The Manor House(151816-7726)

Nigel Cole and Andrea Cox, directors of Verisona presenting the Best Business Award to winners The Manor House(151816-7726)

Best Business (sponsored by Verisona)

Winner: The Manor House

Runner-up: SSE Havant

Best Garden

Winner: Wingfield Street flats

Runner-up: Lorraine Brownsea

Best Volunteer (sponsored by Portsmouth City Council)

Winner: Margaret Taylor

Runner-up: David Cockshoot

Care of the Environment:

Winner: Round the Harbour Clean-up

Runner-up: Friends of Nore Barn Woods

Best School (sponsored by PHVC)

Winner: Park Community School

Runner-up: Miltoncross School

Best

Art/Community Project

(sponsored by the Kings Theatre

Winner: Langstone Technology Park and artists Dean Carlin and Andrew Branch

Runner-up: Create Club

Spirit of Youth (sponsored by Airbus)

Winner: Zoe Adey

Runner-up: Reggie Aird

Personal

Achievement (sposored by Wave 105)

Winner: Paul Sahota

Runner-up: Keith Harris

*See The News tomorrow, and every day this week, for profiles of the winners

From left, Sandra Smith, corporate manager of The Kings, presenting the Best Art or Community Project to runner-up Create Club.''Picture: Sarah Standing (151816-7745)

From left, Sandra Smith, corporate manager of The Kings, presenting the Best Art or Community Project to runner-up Create Club.''Picture: Sarah Standing (151816-7745)

Editor of The News Mark Waldron presenting the Best Street award to winners Lumley Road in Emsworth (151816-7797)

Editor of The News Mark Waldron presenting the Best Street award to winners Lumley Road in Emsworth (151816-7797)

The News Instant Star winner Mollie Jay during her performance at the We Can Do It Awards Picture: Sarah Standing (151816-8858) PPP-151025-195312001

The News Instant Star winner Mollie Jay during her performance at the We Can Do It Awards Picture: Sarah Standing (151816-8858) PPP-151025-195312001