Gold Star Award Winners 2012
Brave Bristol residents aged from seven – 92 were recognised at the Post/First Gold Star Awards 2012 attended by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
The Awards, took place at the Bristol city centre Marriott Hotel on Friday, December 14 and recognised the efforts of ordinary people living in the city who have shown great courage, saved lives and helped others.
The event saw a wide range of local people receiving Gold Stars and Matthew Smith and Ramona Gibbs were named this year’s overall Post/First Gold Star Award joint winners.
Matthew, from Brislington, suffered with pains in his leg just over a year ago when tests revealed he had bone cancer. Despite months of treatment medics were left with no other option but to amputate his leg. Since the operation Matthew has learnt to walk again using a prosthetic leg and is desperate to play football again.
Ramona, 7 from Knowle, is still recovering after being hit by a car after she pushed her younger sister out of the way. She suffered broken bones and internal bleeding after the driver accidentally accelerated whilst manoeuvring pinning her to another vehicle. Since the accident, she has received further operations but is recovering everyday.
Speaking after the event, Ms Mountstevens said “It is a privilege to have met with such extraordinary people and to hear about such acts of bravery particularly from people so young. It makes you very proud of Bristol.”
Ms Mountstevens was joined by various guests including the Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson, celebrities, local dignitaries and MPs.
Posted on Friday 14th December 2012