Unsung heroes from across Avon and Somerset were made to shine at the latest ‘PCC Pride Awards’ as individuals, who often go unnoticed but who make a huge difference to their community, were recognised by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens.
The awards, which took place on Tuesday, 14 August at Police and Fire Headquarters in Portishead, saw the PCC host one of the largest ceremonies to date with 20 deserving winners and their family and friends attend the event.
Recipients and their guests were invited to attend a presentation of their Pride Awards, before joining the PCC and Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew for afternoon tea, followed by a tour of the communications centre where ‘999’ and ‘101’ calls are received.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I always look forward to the Pride Awards as I get to meet some truly extraordinary people, people who go about their everyday lives, making a difference to their local community with little or no recognition. Through the awards I have the privilege of hearing stories of people saving lives, fundraising for charity, volunteering to support those in need and those who devote their careers to serving their communities.
“These are the people who we rely on to support our communities to make them stronger; they do this without a second thought and mostly without recognition or thanks. This is why I think it is so important to highlight the work of people, such as our winners, and to send a message to all those working hard to make a difference, we are truly thankful. Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who nominated.”
During the afternoon we had the chance to catch up with some of the winners and heard their thoughts on the day:
Julia Mayfield has volunteered with Great Western Air Ambulance Charity for the past four years and does a great job keeping other volunteers updated with a regular newsletter as well as handling administration duties. Julie said: “It is an honour to have been nominated and I would like to say a big thank you to Great Western Air Ambulance Charity for putting up with me for so long!”
Spencer Poland a local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) in Weston-super-Mare was nominated for his readiness to take on a challenge and his open and approachable nature to the residents on his beat. Speaking about receiving the award he said: “I feel humbled; I just do my job and enjoy it.”
Angie Clarke set up the charity Somewhere House Somerset in 2006, which aims to support those with mental health and addiction issues. Angie said: “To give people recognition is fantastic. I never thought of myself as doing anything special, but I suppose I do!”
Police Constable (PC) Kenton Brock worked hard to get justice for the victim of a hit and run in 2017. The victim nominated Kenton for his ‘attentive and empathetic nature’ and wanted to see him recognised for his dedication. Kenton said: “I feel thankful to have been nominated and to have a chance to catch up with those who nominated me.”
Independent Custody Scheme Coordinator for Bridgwater, Rob Snow, works hard to support the team and educate new volunteers. Rob said: “I am proud and humbled and just so grateful to have been nominated, and to be here today amongst wonderful people.”
Jeanie Thompson has supported equality and diversity in North Somerset with outstanding commitment and has helped to introduce a Hate Crime Awareness vehicle to the fleet. Jeanie said: “It’s good that people get recognised for what they do outside of work. Sometimes it can be a bit overlooked, so it is nice to have that recognition.”
Adam Dance is a dedicated Parish Councillor, District Councillor and County Councillor for the South Petherton and Somerset area. On receiving his award, Adam said: “It’s nice to know that people appreciate the work I’m doing as I just do it! It has been nice to hear other stories today too.”
Bath Neighbourhood Beat Manager Martyn Bridges, was recognised for his contribution to keeping the communities he serves safe and strong and for his outstanding leadership within his team. Martyn said: “I’m very honoured the community feel I’ve done a good job for them. I am grateful to be nominated.”
Andy Brown saved his nominator’s life when he saw him lying in the fast line of the M5 after falling off his motorbike. Andy acted without a second thought for his own safety and crossed the motorway to pull his nominator to safety. Andy said: “It wasn’t just me, I would like to thank everyone who helped me on that day, without the support of the call handlers and paramedics, the injured gentleman would not be alive today. Thank you all.”
Rachel Clark fundraises for charity ‘We Hear You’ and recently broke a World Record by bringing 700 people together to complete a rowing challenge. Rachel said: “I was honoured to be nominated and the person who nominated me works just as hard as I do! It was good to hear about all the other people in the room. To show your appreciation and give acknowledgement is great, there is nothing really like this.”
Daniel Sims is a Special Constable and has been praised for his help and support when new special constable, Dominic, was just settling into the role. Daniel explained: “I feel very privileged to be recognised for the extra time I put into things.”
Ness Byrne is a police officer who has outstanding levels of compassionate care through her interpersonal skills and always goes the extra mile to help people. Ness said: “It’s lovely to be nominated and to receive the award in the company of such remarkable people.”
Members of the Drugs Education Programme were recognised for their work in helping to educate people on the risks of drugs misuse. Paul Nesbitt-Marr, Joshua Larcombe and Emma Coast were all pleased to have been nominated and collectively said: “To have been involved in a programme from the beginning and for it to be a success in a short time is great.”
The final winner of the day Tim Copik, is a family liaison officer within Avon and Somerset Constabulary and was nominated for supporting a family in their greatest time of need. Tim said: “I am honoured the family have nominated me, they have shown dignity and strength throughout and I just did my job in supporting them the best I could.”
To see photos from the day visit https://flic.kr/s/aHsmqbk22d
The PCC Pride Awards will be back in late November and nominations are now open. If you would like to nominate someone for a PCC 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 Wednesday 15th August 2018