Citizen of the Year 2017 Nominee – Denis Horan

Denis Horan has been nominated for the Citizen of the Year 2017 Award Sponsored by Furness Building Society.Furness Building Society Logo

Who is Denis Horan?

Denis Horan is a local entertainer, singer, radio presenter and family guy – he’s a recognisable face around the town as he has been involved with many local fundraising events too.

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Dennis Horan – Photo from D.Horan

Denis has entertained the population of Barrow for at least 15 years. This year, when the big town centre Xmas Light Switch On event was under threat of being cancelled, he put together a small group, met with the Barrow Council and has stepped up to the plate to organise, at very short notice, a community event to ensure the switch on of Barrow Christmas lights takes place.

“Denis is a lovely man, who over the years has given his time entertaining the town, also helping to raise money for many charities.  He has shown he is determined to support and entertain Barrow.”

Well Done Denis, keep the songs coming and keep entertaining the town, and good luck with the switch on!

If you know a person, a group, charity or business who deserves some recognition then you have until the 18th November 2016 to nominate them for a Love Barrow Award 2017.

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Please note all information is from the nomination form (s) and some information may be incorrect at time of publishing.  


Citizen of the Year 2017 Nominee – Fiona Lowther

Fiona Lowther has been nominated for the Citizen of the Year 2017 Award Sponsored by Furness Building Society.Furness Building Society Logo

Every Little Helps” they say and that is certainly the case for Citizen of the Year nominee Fiona Lowther.

Who is Fiona?

Fiona works at Tesco Metro in Roose as the Community Champion and is a familiar face to anyone who shops in the store, as she often works in “front of house” greeting shoppers with her latest charity project or raffle.

Photo by North West Evening Mail

Fiona has been nominated for her work with Tesco and the Community which sees her spend a vast amount of time fundraising, cleaning up litter from the community and teaching kids about farm to fork which through Tesco gives free experiences for 4 to 11-year-olds at a store or supplier to find out the journey of their food, Fiona also educates people about healthy eating by visiting local schools.  As well as all this, Fiona also regularly raises money for Diabetes UK

When asked about Fiona’s special qualities, the nomination sums it up perfectly,

“…She’s kind, caring, has a big heart full of love, she’s an amazing person who deserves the award…”

Well Done Fiona, you are an inspiration to us all!

If you know a person, a group, charity or business who deserves some recognition then you have until the 18th November 2016 to nominate them for a Love Barrow Award 2017.

NOMINATE NOW

Please note all information is from the nomination form (s) and some information may be incorrect at time of publishing.  


Here we go!

Wow! Where did that year go?

Today the 2017 Love Barrow Award nominations open (6th Oct). It hardly seems 5 minutes ago that we were celebrating the Best of Barrow at the Forum with the glitzy award ceremony!

But, time waits for nobody and here we are, opening nominations again – the clock is ticking and it’ll be closed again before you know it in November, then it will be Christmas, then the New Year and hey, we’re heading into awards night again!

So get your thinking caps on and get nominating those local heroes – keep checking this blog for full details as the nominations start rolling in!


Tonight’s the night!

How can that have come around so quickly? It only seems like yesterday that we opened the nominations for the 2016 Love Barrow Awards and here we are on the day of the event!
Tonight the red carpet will be rolled at The Forum as we welcome an amazing bunch of people to the 11th Annual awards night.
Dresses have been bought, suits pressed, shoes polished as the glitz and glamour of the glittering awards cermeony gets underway.
For our finalists it will be a night to remember as they sit down to a meal and then watch the awards cermenoy unfold in what promises to be an amazing night.
Our thanks go to our sponsors and everyone who has worked so hard behind the scenes to make tonight happen.
The finalists are:
Group or Project of the Year
VOCE, Keswick to Barrow walk, SAFA

Young Citizen
Ryan Bickle, Katherine Pugh, Ellie Larsen

Sports Volunteer
Paul Kell, John Jefferson, Colin Knight

Communtiy Focussed Business
Lisa Hart (Kidfest), Deemon Dance, Cheeky Monkeys Childcare

Apprentice / Trainee of the Year
Jake Newton, Jennifer Christie, Omar Echehamta

Citizen of the Year
Julie & Gavin Andrews, Joe Wardman, Irene Crabtree

Teacher of the Year
Ruth Squires, Mike Walsh, Craig Rutherford

Carer of the Year
Lee Winter, Janet Bury, Beverly Dixon

Environment Award
Pat Denny, Morecambe Bay Partnership, Barrow Park Rangers

Courage Award
Jo-Ann Ellis, Gill Tyson, Diana Burns

ALL WINNERS I’M SURE YOU’LL AGREE!

We look forward to welcoming them all on the red carpet – you can follow events live on Twitter, Facebook and The Bay Radio.


The 2016 Love Barrow Awards – Apprentice / Trainee Award

Jennifer Christie, Omar Echehamta and Jake Newton make up the three finalists in the Apprentice or Trainee of the year category in the 2016 Love Barrow Awards.

Jennifer Christie is a Business Support Apprentice working for Cumbria County Council supporting all aspects of Childrens Services. She has been with the organisation for just over a year and is a valued member
The nomination form told us that Jennifer is quick at learning with the ability to think outside the box and possesses excellent communication skills. Jennifer joined the department at a time of great change and transitions in ways of working, Jennifer has helped embrace the changes and helped others within the department.

Omar Echehamta  has been involved in North Walney Primary School since his children started school. The
teachers noticed how good he was at relating to children and asked him if he could help out in classes. Omar willingly volunteered in school and really enjoyed working with children.
His experience of volunteering in school led him to apply for an apprenticeship scheme through Lancaster & Morcambe college. Omar completed his level 2 childcare qualification in July this year and has now started his Level 3 qualification through Furness College. Omar is enthusiastic and committed to caring for children. He is a great male role model for the children in school and is well respected by the children and adults that he works with.

Jake Newton  has truly been a star throughout his time at Furness College. He was fortunate to receive an apprenticeship through BAE Systems in the Easter intake. Jake has always been willing to join in with College activities, during the Christmas fund raising, Jake lead a group who run a stall – his enthusiasm was infectious and soon the whole group were surrounded by customers.

Jake has always been willing to share his knowledge with others in class and is always willing to give opinions and to start discussions. Jake’s work in the workshop has always been of a very high standard, he has enjoyed the challenges of new tasks. “Nothing ever seems too much trouble for Jake a truly exceptional student. “

Three great finalists I’m sure you’ll agree and very difficult to choose an overall winner! We look forward to joining all three at the awards evening in March when all the Love Barrow Award finalists receive their accolades as finalists and winners.