We did it! Awards event celebrates our communities’ best

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THEY go about their lives not wanting recognition for the incredible work they do for others.

But last night, everyday heroes were filled with pride and joy as they walked away with prizes in recognition of their selflessness, bravery and dedication at The News We Can Do It awards.

CHEERS Lt Eugene Ligale holds the award for HMS Collingwood for winning the Care of the Environment title. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133135-582)

CHEERS Lt Eugene Ligale holds the award for HMS Collingwood for winning the Care of the Environment title. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133135-582)

The event, which is in its 13th year, celebrates the amazing people and organisations in our communities who make a difference.

Individuals and groups clinched trophies in the 10 categories at The Kings Theatre, in Southsea, last night.

And guests were treated to stunning performances from 17-year-old Portsmouth singer and songwriter Jerry Williams, who was the winner of The News’ Instant Star talent contest this year and Portsmouth Ukulele Jam.

Students from Portsmouth Grammar School also performed an extract from Mack & Mabel.

DELIGHTED Award winner Lilly Da Gama, with The News' editor Mark Waldron. ''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133135-624)

DELIGHTED Award winner Lilly Da Gama, with The News' editor Mark Waldron. ''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133135-624)

Lilly Da Gama, of Fratton, Portsmouth, won the Personal Achievement award because despite being paralysed from the waist down, she abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower for the Stroke Association.

Lilly, 23, said: ‘I am really delighted. I didn’t expect it.

‘I am not going to say that abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower wasn’t terrifying, because it was.

‘I would say to people in a similar position to me, it doesn’t have to change your life. You can still do anything you want to do.

Wave 105’s Steve Power, who presented the show, said: ‘The people of Portsmouth and of the surrounding areas are some of the most benevolent, caring and community minded people around.

‘It’s always amazing to see the lengths some go to in the face of adversity.

‘It’s always a humbling experience being here at The Kings Theatre.’

WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP

Best Business

Winner: The Tenth Hole Tearooms

Runner-up: The Festing in Southsea

Best Volunteer

Winner: Ken Charman

Runner-up: Sandra Paliotta

Best Art/Community Project

Winner: My Dog Sighs

Runner-up: HMS Alliance project

Care of the Environment

Winner: HMS Collingwood

Runner-up: Dennis Meadus

Best Garden

Winner: Horndean Garden

Runner-up: The Portchester Day Centre/Training Ship Tenacity

Best School

Winner: Portsmouth Grammar School

Runner-up: Oaklands Catholic School

Best Street

Winner: Tracy Norris

Runner-up: Lockswood Super Six

Service with a Smile

Winner: Donna Wyatt

Runner-up: Amber Leigh Mitchell

Spirit of Youth

Winner: Martin Price

Runner-up: Bailey Blackwell

Personal Achievement

Winner: Lilly Da Gama

Runner-up: Scott Mclachlan