16 April 2019
In Part 2 we saw the awards being given out to our worth winners and Anthony Bennett gave a key-note speach worthy of a standing ovation...
Antony Cotton wih his mother Enid Dunn a 2016 Winner and Ambassador of the Awards.
The final point of attraction before another successful Awards wrapped and the Disco and Entertainments in the bar began was our first ever UHA raffle! This was presented by Coronation Street Star Antony Cotton, who also presented the Patient’s Choice Award with his mother and past winner of the UHA, Enid Dunn. We are proud to announce that the UHA made hundreds of pounds in prize money via the sale of tickets, money that will be re-invested into our organisation to be used on future initiatives.
Antony Cotton with Founder of the UHA Don Tomlinson.
Antony was a hilarious host and had the audience in stiches. The prizes themselves ranged from the modest, such as an outdoors rucksack and Limited-Edition bottle of whisky, to the more outstanding; such as a medical grade at home teeth whitening kit and a trip to The Shard in London with a five-star meal for two afterwards. The latter prize was given by our genrous sponsor Reed.
A happy raffle winner - Karl Robers of the NHS Leadership Acadamy.
Once the prizes had been handed out and the lights dimmed even more, it was time for Neckem to start blasting the tunes and getting feet up on the dancefloor. As people danced enjoyably to the music and celebrated the night away, the celebrations continued in the bar with a Magic Mirror and drinks flowing till the early hours.
Attendees dancing the night away.
As the night drew to a close it was reminiscent of 2018 to see plenty of attendees still sat in their seats, or stood in the bar, chatting and laughing animatedly and by all accounts looking as comfortable as the atmosphere which had been created. A night which we hope will live on in the hearts and minds of all those who attended, winners or otherwise. A night which could not have been made possible without the help and support of our Sponsors and Partners, or without the wonderful nominations submitted by those who clearly see the work of others that for whatever reason may appear to be unseen by many.
Nominee Nia Issac and colleauge at the Magic Mirror.
The UHA exists to shine a light on these very people now and in the future!
The night was captured beautifully from beginning to end by talented photographer Martin Hambleton, whose photos can be viewed here.
We look forward to doing it over again, bigger and better, in 2020 and from all of us at the UHA know that an Unsung Hero lies in you!
Written by Laura Tomlinson, Relationship Manager at the Unsung Hero Awards.