Wessex FM's Local Hero Awards 2017 - The Winners

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We had a brilliant evening at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, recognising our Local Hero Award winners.

porter dodson logoWell done to all of our winners, and to our sponsors, for such an inspiring, emotional, and fun evening for all.

It was tough work for the judges to choose our winners, but once you find out more about the winners, we think you'll agree that they were worthy of their trophies.

The Special Recognition Award - Holly Harris

Sponsored by Porter Dodson Solicitors and Advisors

This award isn’t part of our normal nomination categories.  It’s given when judges feel someone has shown exceptional qualities that need to be recognised in their own right.

In February last year 18-year-old Louis Harris from Dorchester went to Weymouth for a night out with friends, but sadly never came home.  His body was found in Weymouth Harbour four weeks later.

Louis’ Mum Holly Harris has shown true courage and bravery in taking a personal tragedy and using her experiences to educate young people about the dangers of drinking around water.


Download a poster about 'Summer Nights' drinking - inspired by Louis' story (pdf)

Maria spoke to her son Chris – to find out more about his Mum and the work that she does to make sure no other family has to experience what they’ve been through.


Teacher of the Year - Rowan Seymour

Sponsored by Goldcrest Jewellers


The Service Award - Weymouth Lifeboat Crew

Sponsored by Danmoor Lodge Residential Car Home


Neighbour of the Year - George Ingram

Sponsored by Home Care Angels


The Achievement Award - Ladies In Wey-Ting

Sponsored by Brewery Square


The Sport Award - Luke Tomlin

Sponsored by Came Down Golf Club


The Animal Award - Kia

Sponsored by Dave Cumber Vets


Making A Difference - Aiden Goddard and Denise Geiran

Sponsored by Primrose Lodge


Carer of the Year - Louise Capaldi

Sponsored by PJ Aiken Insurance Services


Parent of the Year - Linda Smith

Sponsored by St Jude's Care


Young Person of the Year - Lily Adams

Sponsored by Chesil Beach Motors


The Charity Award - Graham Butler

Sponsored by Wolfeton Manor


champagne film logoThanks to Rob Goodwin at Champagne Films in Weymouth for creating all of the videos above, shown on the night.

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