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.
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.
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
Winner: The Tenth Hole Tearooms
Runner-up: The Festing in Southsea
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
Winner: Horndean Garden
Runner-up: The Portchester Day Centre/Training Ship Tenacity
Winner: Portsmouth Grammar School
Runner-up: Oaklands Catholic School
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
Winner: Lilly Da Gama
Runner-up: Scott Mclachlan