Inspirational charitable individuals and organisations across Blackpool were recognised at a glitzy award ceremony at the Tower Ballroom for Gordon’s 2018 Local Hero Awards.

He was joined on the ballroom stage by Radio Wave’s Stacey Houldsworth, who co-hosted the event, which celebrated the town’s charitable and voluntary groups. Gordon has been doing his Local Hero Awards for over ten years now – and this year Disability First were named “Most Outstanding Blackpool Charity” for their work with disabled people and raising awareness of disability issues in the town.

Gordon said: “Our winners and nominees are a testament to the strength and hard work of Blackpool’s charitable and voluntary sector. As a town we are one of the most generous for charitable giving across the across the North West. This was a night to celebrate that and the work of all these individuals and organisations. There was no better place to do that than at our iconic Tower Ballroom, which holds a special place in the heart of many people in Blackpool. Thank you to Merlin for allowing to us to have the Local Hero Awards here for the first time.”

After the main five awards, Gordon paid to the late Blackpool businessman Keith Gledhill MBE, for his work with N-Vision. He presented their Chief Executive Ruth Lambert with an individual award in memory of Mr Gledhill. She spoke on stage about her memories of Keith and how he was instrumental in supporting the charity’s “Talking Newspaper”. Gordon also described him as “a force for good through his charity work and entrepreneurship.”

The award winners were chosen by a panel of judges – Reverend Tracy Charnock (St Peter’s Church), Lynn Sumners (Blackpool Tesco), Jacqui Morley (Freelance PR Consultant), Carl Webb (CWUHA), Julia Seaton (Kensington Foundation) and Violet McIntyre (Donna’s Dream House). Merlin Entertainment, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Ascent Trampoline Park, Montagues, Stanley Park Café and the Grand Theatre all sponsored the evening with prizes for the winners.

The winners in full were:

Most Outstanding Blackpool Charity – Disability First
Best Direct Help – The Bridge Project
Most Charitable Business – Blackpool Tesco
Most Charitable Young Person (24 and under) – Camilla Ball (Street Angels) and Chris Black (Streetlife)
Best Charity Worker/Volunteer – Shughie Morrison
Award presented in memory of Keith Gledhill and his work with N-Vision.

Alan Reid (pictured), CEO of Disability First said: “It’s a real honour to be named Most Outstanding Blackpool Charity at Gordon’s Local Heroes. We are only a small team supported by a dedicated group of volunteers, who are just passionate about supporting disabled people and helping them to lead more independent lives. Gordon has supported us from day one and the awards were a fantastic evening to be a part of.”

Ruth Lambert, who collected the award in memory of Keith Gledhill said: “Through his contacts he recorded interviews with many local, national and international personalities from the worlds of business, sport, entertainment and politics. Keith’s unique work entertained and informed our blind listeners and the charity is indebted to him for all his support and care.”

Merlin Entertainment, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Ascent Trampoline Park, Montagues, Stanley Park Café and the Grand Theatre all sponsored the evening with prizes for the winners.

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