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.
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.
‘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 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
Best Business (sponsored by Verisona)
Winner: The Manor House
Runner-up: SSE Havant
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
(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
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