Care Awards celebrate people in Calderdale overcoming adversity

The Mayor and Mayoress of Halifax presenting Sam Bottomley with the People's Champion Award 2016
The Mayor and Mayoress of Halifax presenting Sam Bottomley with the People's Champion Award 2016

The third Care Awards in Calderdale saw 25 inspiring people receive recognition of their efforts in overcoming their disability.

Pictured is Sam Bottomley with his People’s Choice award with the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale.

Justin Appleyard, who helps organise the annual event, said: “We were so humbled by the nominations at this year’s Care Awards. The stories of individuals overcoming their barriers or disability so they could do the things they wanted to do made it very difficult to choose a winner. In the end, more categories were added due to their achievements.

“The awards started through a group of Community Support Services support workers who felt that certain individuals should receive a special night to celebrate their lives, their determination, and their persistence not to give up.”

The full list of winners was:

Day Services

Feathers Karaoke Award Richard Nellis

Leaps & Bounds Award Anthony Lowther

Leaps & Bounds Award Robert Jowett

Duracell Award Leanne Bowers

Football - Most Improved Player Damian Jones

Aachen Hall Achievement Award Marie Smith

The Addy

Leaps & Bounds Holly Simpson

Duracell Work Placement Award Josh Fenton

Duracell Work Placement Award Bethany Gogogley

The Addy Achievement Award David Ferrari

The Addy Special Award Ryan Smith


Smartclub Scholar Award Lesley Heliwell

Saturday Baker Susan Denton

BTB Superstars Sam Hirst

Supported Living

Leaps & Bounds Award Roxanne Holmes

Duracell Work Placement Award Richard Nellis

Thank You awards for

Sponsored Walk Biggest Fundraiser Damian Jones

Volunteer Award Lucy Raul

Volunteer Award Meghan Denton

Volunteer Award Karen Speight

Overcoming Adversity Award Amanda Batkin

Special Award 2016 Sarah Cunningham

Special Award 2016 George Lumley

Our 2016 Hero Award Stephen Woods

The People’s Champion Award Sam Bottomley