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Local Heros!

25th January 2018

What an amazing bunch!

Last night at the Alive Corn Exchange in King’s Lynn some of the most amazing people from West Norfolk, Wisbech and Fakenham were recognised at KL.FM’s Local Hero Awards.  A packed theatre saw KL.FM’s ‘Home-time’ presenter Posh Charles host a glitzy evening full of entertainment, pyrotechnics and music from the West Norfolk Rock Choir.   Of course the real reason for the glitz and glamour were the nominees and the thirteen people who were selected as Local Heroes, everyone was deserving of the accolade but obviously there could only be winner for each category.

Local Hero Selfies

In my usual seat for any KL.FM awards I sat poised to greet all of our winners off the stage and take them behind the scenes for the interviews, it is always such a privilege to chat first hand to the people who have made such a difference to others, it’s always great to hear their story first hand too.  One thing that was very abundant from every single winner was a sense of “I can’t believe it, it’s just what I do”.  Everybody was so humble, some lost for words, some overwhelmed, some very excited but all pleased to be recognised for what they’ve done. 

Local Hero Selfies

Our first winner was the awesome Daisy Mason who has overcome many challenges and despite having Cerebral Palsy.  She has performed in singing concerts, been a star on TV’s Secret Life series, completed a triathlon and even been a special guest on my show.  Daisy always has a smile and was very deserving of being named Young Person of the year.

Congratulations also to Trudy Smart  who won Volunteer of the Year, May Sutherland our Neighbour of the Year and also Stephen Eadie who truly went above and beyond when he went to the rescue of a distressed couple and helped deliver their baby in a corridor at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  Stephen works at the QE as a Porter and didn’t think twice about stepping in to help which is why he won the Health Professional of the Year.

Other Heroes included Lyndsey Forrest from Shamans Legacy, she’s rehomed hundreds of dogs and helps them recover at her own expense, Paul Bastock from Wisbech Town FC who recently beat Peter Shilton’s appearance record for league appearances and Phyllis Sanderson who is 90.  Despite her age she still holds Car Boot Sales in Heachem and has raised thousands of pounds of the King’s Lynn Hospitals League of Friends.

Local Hero Selfies

Also I’d like to say a personal well done to Sophie Burke who I think is incredible as did the judges, she won Carer of the Year and rightly so due to being such a positive young woman.  Along with her Brother and Mum she deals with a condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.  Despite struggling herself she cares and supports for her family while attending college and battling this life threating illness.  Her smile on the night said it all, and her Mum must be so proud! 

Well done Sophie and well done to all the winners and nominees, you make where we live GREAT!


Read more about the amazing Local Hero Awards on KL.FM’s website –

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