Selfless local heroes get their time in the spotlight

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Of course, they don’t do what they do for recognition. Personal glory is not what it’s about at all.

For many people, helping others is regarded as reward enough.

But we believe all the selfless work that goes on in our communities deserves to be highlighted.

Throughout the year our We Can Do It campaign accentuates the positive, reporting on inspiring examples of people who have shown great kindness, bravery, endeavour and determination .

Last night’s annual We Can Do It awards gave us the opportunity to honour them – and it was no more than they deserve.

Those who came up on stage at the New Theatre Royal to collect awards are not used to being the centre of attention at such public events.

They go about their good deeds quietly and, for some, appearing in front of hundreds of people must have been daunting.

But they should know that they certainly earned the warm applause and the awards they received.

We were happy to be able to say a big thank-you to them on behalf of every one of those who they have helped.

To all who were shortlisted but didn’t win, we say you should also feel very proud of yourselves. It may be a cliche, but you were all winners in our eyes.

Being at the New Theatre Royal and hearing some of the stories behind the nominees was humbling.

There was seven-year-old George Bartlett of Portchester, who has been his mum’s carer since he was five. Back pain has triggered other health problems, leaving her unable to get out of bed.

So young George helps out around the house, including using the washing machine and getting himself washed and dressed.

And there was 84-year-old George Boyden, who helps at the Emsworth care home where his late wife Gwen lived and is described as the ‘icing on the cake’ for the care he provided.

There may well be a lot of things wrong in the world. But it’s people like the two Georges who make us all realise that it’s not all doom and gloom – far from it.