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There was a standing ovation for the overall winner of Isle of Wight Radio’s 2018 Local Heroes Awards at a special ceremony in Cowes last Thursday.

For more than 40 years, Brading’s Barbara Creed has been improving the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of young Islanders. The youth worker was named Overall Local Hero at the Wight Fibre supported event.

Barbara Creed said:

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“I’m in a bit of shock. I didn’t expect it at all. This is my first night off in nearly 42 years. But I absolutely love my job!

“It will go to the youth centre with all the other trophies. It will have…pride of place there. That’s not just for me, it’s for everybody.”

Isle of Wight Radio’s Lifetime Achievement award, sponsored by Beacon Magazine, was won by the inspirational Ron Bowler, who has spent decades helping to run Mountbatten’s annual Walk The Wight.

Ron Bowler said:

“I’m gobsmacked. I’m used to being on the other side and doing presentations. I’m just overwhelmed…”

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Other award winners include:

• Customer Service – sponsored by WRS systems
The Freshwater Coffee House

• Best Carer – sponsored by Charmes Care
Sarah Lacey

• Best Neighbour – sponsored by Hose Rhodes Dickson
Jan Cave

• Fundraiser – sponsored by PC Consultants
Ben Allen – Isle of Wight Stormtrooper

• Inspirational Leader – sponsored by Inflight Peripherals
Sandi Gibbs

• Best Volunteer – sponsored by Central Garage
Sue Clerkin

• Emergency Service – sponsored by Medina Food Service
Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat.

• Make A Difference In the Community – sponsored by Island Roads
Seaview Village Community Shop

• Sporting Achievers – sponsored by The Island Riding Centre
Island Speedway’s Barry Bishop and Martin Widman

• Tourism Ambassador – sponsored by Wightlink
Lyn Blackledge – “Go Live Granny”

• Young Achiever – sponsored by The Needles Landmark Attraction
Emma Simpson

Claire Willis, Isle of Wight Radio’s Managing Director, said:

“Choosing Isle of Wight Radio’s Local Heroes award winners is one of the hardest tasks of the year!

“Hosting Local Heroes is humbling and uplifting in equal measure. It is a privilege for the Isle of Wight Radio team to be able to meet these cornerstones of the Island’s community. All deserving, they make an incredible difference to thousands of people on the Island.”


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