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Local hero award

A huge well done to all the winners and finalists in this year’s Chamberlain Awards which was held at the Great Hall of the University of Birmingham on 28 October.

Here are the winners…

Local hero

L to R: Ian Ward, Danielle Baker, Eddie Fellows (Amey) and Nick Owen


Housing Officer Danielle Baker and Place Manager Ruth Bowles scooped the only award of the night where the nominees are put forward by the public. The inspiring duo has so far raised £1,500 for charity, whilst involving local people, boosting staff morale and having fun.

The inventive pair has helped families affected by domestic abuse and had teams running up and down high-rise blocks for Sport Relief, baking cakes to raise money for brain tumour research, and attending an extravagant Winter Ball in aid of St Mary’s Hospice.

Local resident Jenny Antill, who nominated them said:

I’m so impressed and love being involved!


Cathy SpruceGail Conway and Liz Fearon, who teach deaf people. They offer huge support for families coming to terms with deafness. They were nominated by a parent who said they provided a lifeline at a time when they were feeling bereft with grief, confusion, sadness and a sense of loss.

John Porter – a parks manager for Sutton and Erdington has been recognised as a local inspiration. He has an infectious passion for empowering communities bringing people together, to do extraordinary things and bring about change.

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