Six inspiring Wells finalists chosen for community awards

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By abbie_wells | Tuesday, September 04, 2012, 12:08

Six inspiring Wells people have been shortlisted as finalists for the Heart of Somerset Community awards.

Nominees from the city will be joining other finalists in five out of the ten categories on September 26, when a panel of judges will present the winners of each class with their awards.

Categories in which Wells People have been nominated are: Public Sector Hero, Outstanding Young Person, Brave Heart Hero, Community Project and Sporting Hero.

The line-up of finalists includes Tom Hamill, 25, of Wells, who saved the life of a baby during the deadly M5 motorway crash last November, with little regard for his own safety. Despite flames erupting around him and cars flying in all directions, he took it upon himself to help a young mother and her two young children.

Tom has been nominated for the Brave Heart Hero award.

Wells' Finalists for the Sporting Hero category have shown that age means nothing, even when it comes to sport, as two members of the Wells Community with a sixty- year age gap between them have been shortlisted.

Ten-year-old Lewis Evans has cerebral palsy but that has never held back his spirit. He has walked up Tor Hill, cycled five miles and swam 24 lengths for charity. He also regularly takes part in sporting activities at school, such as cycling, football and cricket, despite being in constant pain.

Tony Williams, 71, of Wells, has also been nominated for the Sporting Hero award. He won a sports scholarship to Millfield School as a child and went on to become a PE teacher inspiring generations of young people to enjoy sport.

Tony also carried the Olympic Flame through Newport and Spearheaded a campaign to get 1964 Olympic champion, Mary Rand, the Freedom of Wells award.

Mark Tobin has been shortlisted for the Community Project award as for many years he has successfully led one of the biggest events on the Wells calendar; the Wells Night on the Town. He also carries out other charity and volunteer work.

The Wells finalist for the Outstanding Young Person award is 15-year-old aspiring lawyer Jake Pitt, who has campaigned about youth issues since becoming and Member of the Youth Parliament.

Finally Clare Blackmore, former teacher at St Lawrence's Primary School, Wells, has been nominated for the Public Sector Hero award.

The Heart of Somerset Community Awards will take place in The Big Top Restaurant, Wookey Hole Caves at 12 noon.

Tickets cost £20 and can be bought at the Heart of Somerset Community Awards website. The dress code is smart.

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