Remarkable achievements, hours of voluntary work and astonishing efforts were just some of the endeavours featured in the nominations of the 14 winners, at Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ latest Pride Awards.
Local people, police officers and volunteer police cadets were amongst those recognised at the event, which took place at Police Headquarters, Portishead and saw winners presented with a certificate before having lunch with the PCC and Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Morgan.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “The awards ceremony truly highlighted those ‘silent stars’ within our community who are selflessly helping others with no recognition until now.
“We heard about remarkable fundraising efforts, partnership working to volunteering. I had the wonderful pleasure of personally meeting all these local people, officers and staff who all display incredible, selfless contributions to individuals, groups and the community.”
We spoke to the award winners after the ceremony:
Lucy Dalley from Taunton was recognised for the fantastic work that she has been doing to help the police better understand the issues faced by the transgender community. Lucy said: “I was very moved to be nominated and recognised for work that I’ve done with the police. I feel we are really moving forward with awareness of transgender issues and this award helps recognise that too.”
Cadet Leaders Mark Bell, Gail Smythe and PC Martha Spikes were nominated by their volunteer police cadets for the fantastic work that they do running the Taunton and Street Police Unit. Mark Bell said: “I’m really privileged to accept the award from Sue and I’m really proud.”
Barbara Nadin was nominated for giving up a remarkable amount of her own time to help other from helping people with social anxiety and disabilities. She said: “It was a great surprise to be nominated. I feel very humbled as I thought I was doing something very ordinary.”
Pam Bosley from Watchet, Somerset was nominated for her remarkable fundraising for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, local sea scouts, Watchet Carnival Club and her support for the Coastguard Rescue Team. On winning her award Pam said: “This was very unexpected and I’m thrilled to win a PCC Pride Award.”
Manager of the Young Victims’ Service Howard Wilson was nominated for his selfless support for Safelink who provide support for victims of rape and sexual abuse across Avon and Somerset. Howard said: “It was a wonderful surprise to be nominated and greatly appreciated. It’s nice to work in a way that promotes real partnership where we can all better solve the impact for young victims of crime and anti-social behaviour.”
James O’Connor a retired Crime Scene Investigator was nominated for his outstanding commitment to public service following 29-years within Avon and Somerset Constabulary. His nomination said that he went above and beyond for local people particularly the most vulnerable victims of crime. James said: “I was flattered and a little bit embarrassed to be nominated but I was pleased and I am just really glad that my work has had an impact on people.”
Police Sergeant Matt Bailey based at Police Headquarters in Portishead was nominated for his work as Mental Health Liaison Officer. He has recently been developing significant partnership relationships and building trust and effective joint working between police and health colleagues. He said: “I’m overwhelmed to be nominated for the work but it wasn’t just me that was involved, it’s a collective effort by a number of organisations and I see this as an award for us all.”
Cadets Jake Edwards and Tom Tyrrell from Street were nominated for the active role they play in the Cadet Unit volunteering over 40-hours a month, working at community events and offering crime prevention advice. Jake said: “I’m out every weekend and it’s nice to be recognised for something that I’ve been doing in my spare time.”
Following the ceremony and afternoon tea, winners and their guests were taken on a tour of the Control Centre, where ‘101’ and ‘999’ calls are taken.
To see photos from the day visit www.flickr.com/photos/aandspcc/
If you would like to nominate someone for the PCC’s Pride Awards visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/PCCs-Pride-Awards.aspx
People are encouraged to put names forward as nominations for the PCC’s Pride Awards. The Awards are open all year round and decisions will be made quarterly.
Posted on Thursday 25th August 2016