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Two local Everyday Superheroes honoured

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TWO Warrington “Superheroes” were honoured at Active Cheshire’s inaugural Everyday Superhero Awards ceremony at Chester Racecourse with over 400 people attending the event.

Warrington Disability Partnership’s Dave Thompson received the special David Newton Superhero Award for his inspiring work with the charity, while warrington-worldwide managing director Gary Skentelbery received the Health and Social Care Superhero Award, for inspiring others in the community to lead healthy lifestyles.

Meanwhile Neil Kelly from Warrington Wolves Foundation received a highly commended for the Active Mind Superhero Award, Appleton based Ste Hughes from Armed Forces Community Support Hub, received a highly commended for the David Newton Superhero Award, while Warrington Wolves were highly commended for the Community Sport Superhero Award.

Active Cheshire launched the Everyday Superhero Awards evening to celebrate their 30th birthday with “30 for 30”. A unique opportunity for organisations and people in Cheshire to come together to donate 30 thousand pounds to activate 30 local schools.

But the real drive of the of the evening was to celebrate local everyday heroes who inspire others to move more. These individuals may make a difference to one or many lives in Cheshire and Warrington through movement. This year’s winners reflected a blend of large and small organizations as well as individuals from around Cheshire and Warrington.

Active Cheshire’s guest speakers for the night were, David Briggs The Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire and Mark Brocklehurst MD of Sharples Group. David Briggs, M.B.E., K.St.J. introduced Active Cheshire’s Bronze, Silver and Gold packaged services created for organisations and primary schools to activate them. Mark inspired the room, empowering everyone as a leader of physical activity.

Active Cheshire welcomed Dave Sharp Art to perform live during the meal. The speed painter used two large canvases and pained the Hulk and Iron Man which were silently auctioned off to the highest bidder contributing to activating more children in the sub-region.

Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire, commented “All those who were shortlisted are winners in our eyes, with almost a quarter of the population active less than 30 minutes per week, these superheroes are essential in improving the physical and mental wellbeing of others. It was great to celebrate those unsung heroes for creating active environments for others to enjoy.

“Huge thanks to our sponsors, Active Cheshire’s Board members and team finalists for your time and efforts.

“Most of what Active Cheshire does is to do with change. By encouraging behavioural change, changing attitudes, mindsets, and habits. The Charity are constantly learning to adapt to the needs and challenges in an increasingly inactive society,” added Anne.

Dave & Gary celebrating with their families

Winners and Highly Commended – Including all categories, organisations and individuals.

Active Kids Superhero Award, sponsored by NewBalance;
Winner – Wistaston Academy Primary and Nursery School
Highly Commended – Danny Williams, from Activate Fun

Active Workplace Superhero Award, sponsored by West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce;
Winner – Chess ICT
Highly Commended – For Housing

Active Mind Superhero Award, sponsored by RedEye;
Winner – Fallen Angels
Highly Commended – Neil Kelly, from Warrington Wolves Foundation

Active Neighbourhood Award, sponsored by The Business Connection;
Winner – Lisa Fearn, from Gifford Lea
Highly Commended – Ian Ashworth, from Cheshire West and Chester Council (Public Health Team)

Health and Social Care Superhero Award, sponsored by OutWrite PR;
Winner – Gary Skentelbery, from Warrington Worldwide
Highly Commended – Amanda Malone, from Lifeways Group

David Newton Superhero Award, sponsored by The University of Chester;
Winner – Dave Thompson, from Warrington Disability Partnership
Highly Commended – Ste Hughes, from Armed Forces Community Support Hub

Community Sport Superhero Award, sponsored by PelliTec® Ltd;
Winner – Tony Mitchell, Winsford Community Disability Football Group
Highly Commended – Warrington Wolves

Find out more about the work Active Cheshire do on www.activecheshire.org/

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