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Local heroes revealed as awards shortlist published

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The shortlist for the Our Town Awards, which recognises community heroes across Wigan Borough, has been announced this week.

The awards were a chance for people to nominate their local heroes – people who have gone above and beyond to support others and have a positive impact on their local communities. 

The list includes some names people in Lowton and Golborne will recognise – such as Mark Collier from The Blooming Nursery, Dianne Baker, Ruth Connor and AnnMarie Galvin. 

The awards ceremony will be held virtually on Thursday 3 June, during national volunteer week, celebrating all those who go above and beyond to make
their community a better place.

Graphic says Our Town Awards

The shortlist in full: 

Award categories

Neighbourhood Hero

From bringing in your bin unprompted, tidying up your garden or popping to the shops. This is the category for that generous, friendly neighbour who always goes out of their way to help people.

  • Michael Hogarth
  • Terry Pemberton
  • Brenda Causey
  • Freada Holding
  • Mark Thomason
  • Jes and Sam Rusling

Community Hero

Someone who rolls up their sleeves and takes the initiative to bring your local community together. They might organise the troops to put on a special event, or co-ordinate getting donations to those who need them most in the local area.

  • Becca Shaw
  • Mark Collier – Golborne
  • Mavis Grundy
  • Kris Clarke
  • Annemarie Glavin – Golborne
  • Sharon Mattin
  • Dianne Joseph
  • Kieran Jones

 Environmental Hero

We all know we should do something to be good to our environment, but there are a few special individuals who make the effort to create a better place to live for everyone. They might organise a litter pick or spend time creating a special green space for the whole community to enjoy.

  • Gill Eyre
  • Rachel Heydon
  • Mark Whittaker
  • Mandy Neale
  • Sintija Ribaka
  • David Brunet

COVID-19 Superheroes

The last few months have been a testing time for all of us, but there are a few extra special people in our communities who have risen to the challenge and stepped up to help out others before themselves.

  • Sue Fairclough
  • McKenzie Fisher
  • Dianne Baker – Golborne
  • Jessica Holt
  • Sue Metcalf
  • Catherine Roberts

Extraordinary Acts of Kindness

This category is for those extra special stars who selflessly put others before themselves to really make a positive difference to someone’s life. 

  • Luke Mclachlan
  • Olive Jones
  • Kathleen Haslam
  • Ruth Connor – Golborne

Cllr Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities and culture at Wigan Council, is one of the judges. He said: “We’ve received so many entries, it’s been really
difficult shortlisting them. There’s so many inspirational people in our
borough doing kind and selfless things each and every day.”

Judges will now choose one winner and two runner ups for each category. The results will be announced at the awards ceremony. 

Do you know any of the nominees? 

We know several of the nominees are from Golborne – but if you know any of the other shortlisted community heroes we’d love to know more about them, and if they’re local to Lowton and Golborne. 

If you know any of these nominees we’d love to hear in the comments what their input has meant to you and your local neighbours.