Meet the 2019 GREAT BIG THANK YOU AWARD winners 

Carer Award

Teresa Ball was nominated for the award by her friend and neighbour , Judy Carbett, for the way she cared for her paralysed father for years. Not only did she have to care for her father after a massive stroke, but took over his care, along with her mother, so he could return to the family home. Sadly her mother was taken ill and passed away so Teresa moved back to the family home in Ketley to care for him.  Unfortunately, he died earlier this year and Judy says that a Great Big Thank You Award would be a way of giving her the recognition she deserves. 

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Community Champion

Mandie Mulloy was nominated for her tireless work for a number of causes in Shrewsbury and Telford by Laura Dolan. She works hard in her neighbourhood in Shrewsbury to develop community links and puts on two Love Where You Live events annually to encourage the community to come together for food and fun. Mandie is the chief executive of the YMCA in Wellington, and Laura says her work has helped her build strong link wit the community. Mandie and her family have opend up their hearts and home to countless young people as she is a shared lives carer. Laura adds, Mandie has time for anyone and everyone, putting herself last and other first.  

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Environmental Champion

Penny 11, her brother Dominic, 10 and friend Charlie, also 10, cleaned up on of the Britain's best-loved walks during their Easter holiday this year. The trio litte picked  for the entire length of the Great Glen way during their Easter holidays. The path , which runs coast-to-coast across the Scottish Highlands from Fort Williams in the south-west to Inverness in the north-east , is 79 miles long. The youngsters spent nine days walking from one end to the other to clear it of all rubbish amonumental effort from the dedicated group of youngsters. The threesome were also concerned about where the rubbish they has collected would end up, and spent their nights sifting through it.  

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Farming Community Contribution

For the past 12 years , Brenda sturrock has been the voice at the end of the telephone for people living in rural areas at the point of desperation. A co-ordinator of the Shropshire Rural Support Network, she has encouraged and organised a team of volunteers to support those in need of help. Brenda, of Ponstesford Hill, was nominated for the award by Patricia Davies, who says: "Never seeking the limelight , she has always prefered to be a friendly voice on the end of the phone line who understood and listened. "She has now handed over this vital role, and deserves recognition and sincere thanks for her dedication." Kate Jones , of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution says Brenda has been a huge support to many farmers and their families who need help in times of crisis. 

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Fundraiser of the Year

Doug Boulter lives in Snailbeach , Shrewsbury , has raised £100,000 for charity over the past decade. He has been nominated by his wife,Margaret, who says he has dedicated years to helping good causes. These include the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, Midland Air Ambulance,the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Gobowen and Pontesbury surgery. Doug, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday,leads a group of volunteers who have organised whist drives , raffles coffee mornings and cake sales to provide vital funds for a range of charitable organisations. A recent cake sale raised £2,500 for Lingen Davies. He still works as a fencing contractor and uses his business contacts to collect prizes which he raffles off for good causes.

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Good Neighbour Award

Joyce Emmerton is well known to her neighbours on the Ridgway retirement complex in the village of High Ercall near Telford. Sue Turner , scheme officer , who made the nomination, describes Joyce as a 'great tenant' who gets on with everyone and is friendly. Joyce is always willing to help out with events and activities and as a dog lover and keen walker, she helps neigbours to look after their pets by dog-sitting and walking them when other residents are on holiday or unwell. 

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Grandparent of the Year

Suman is nominated by her son, Councillor Rajesh Mehta, who describes her as the 'grandmother to Telford'. Rajesh says Suman has been a massive support while he and his wife has been juggling their personal lives, and is totally devoted to their two sons , adding: "She is the most amazing grandparent." She moved to Telford in 2004, leaving her friends and normality. Since then she has dedicated her life to her two grandchildren. Even though they have now left she still visits the local nursery they attended and is known as'Nanny'.

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Teacher of the Year

Rob Davies was nominated by Stephanie Hamilton because of the support he has given her son 'Mr D' as he's affectionately known , has been her son's teacher for the past two years. Stephanie says "He's brilliant with all the children at the school ." He has supported her son and boosted his confidence in playing football and taught him how to be a team player. Rob is a PE teacher at Southall School which provides specialist support for children with disabilities and other special needs. Rob always has a positive attitude which really shows in the children he teaches. They all love him!

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Volunteer of the Year

Paulette Bruce is secretary of Telford Gateway Club which she , along with husband Bob, has been running on a voluntary basis for 32 years. The club provides activities and social events for adults with learning disabilities. Paulette was nominated for the award by fellow volunteer and friend Cheryl Thomas. Cheryl says that "Paulette has amazing drive , enthusiasm and passion for what she does and is unstoppable. Cheryl says Paulette is extremely popular with both the club members and her fellow volunteers at Telford Gateway . "Paulette's energy is infectious , and the members and volunteers love her and are extremely thankful for what she does" she adds. "Her actions are life changing for lots of our disabled and vunerable adults"

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Young Star Award

In 2011 , aged just three years , Harlie McGowan's mother Sonia passed away. At the time he received support from Hope House Children's Hospice and to show his gratitude he is now a tireless fundraiser for the charity. Harlie regularly donates toys and clothes for the Hospice to sell at its shops and is still supported by a counsellor from Hope House whenever he needs to talk about his mom. His latest effort has been set up a fundraising page, which is on course to break the £2,000 barrier soon. Harlie says"it's nice to be able to give something back for all they have done for me".

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Outstanding Bravery 

This award is to recognise somebody who has shown exceptional courage or determination in the face of tremendous adversity and is given at the discretion of the Editor- in -chief of the MNA Group, Martin Wright. On this  occasion it was presented to Zac Oliver whose strength of character over the last 12 months has been plain for all to see, he has shown bravery so far beyond his years that it would be possible to ignore. Zac battled with a rare type of leukaemia and was given all clear in his latest six month check up tests taken in the summer, after being confirmed cancer free earlier this year following treatment. People from Shropshire and beyond raised £500,000 to enable Zac's  treatment to take place.

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