Citizen of the Year 2017 Finalists – Gill Grisedale

Gill Grisedale has been nominated for the endless groups and projects she has set up, run and supported in her role at St Marks Church.

Gill Grisedale is the Community Pastor at St Marks Chruch in Barrow-in-Furness.

Through her role she has provided groups and services that people in her community have express a need for.  Gill is never sat still going in and around the community, always compiling lists of available help and resources. Never has one person started so many different and diverse groups and is also heavily involved in making sure they are sustainable . From babies through to the elderly no one is unreachable and all can be helped or indeed help.lba17_citz_gillian-grisedale_resize-for-blog

St Marks has a fully functioning clothes bank, there is a free lunch provided on Monday, craft group and a toddlers group, social groups, youth clubs, youth cafe, free hugs and a caring word.  Gill does all this as well as being a mum and foster parent, wife and recently becoming a hedgehog adoption centre, there is nothing this woman will do to help everyone.

Gill also works with homeless people, has an emergency food cache for those in need.  On one Christmas Eve, a young woman with children had escaped from an abusive partner and was given emergency accommodation so Gill and her family stepped in to help buy electricity and gas coupons, she went to the shops and bought a few clothes toiletries and then a few presents for the children’s christmas presents to make sure that family had a Christmas Day. 

The funding for Gill’s post ends later this year ( 2016 ) and there is little prospect of it being renewed but Gill has made some ripples in the sea of deprivation about us and has asked that her congregation and the wider community continue to do the same and continue with the good work. 

Her friends and colleagues say “You are trapped in a web of love and care when you meet Gill, she makes a difference to everyone she meets and is humble in all she does. An amazing lady with an amazing heart.”

TO VOTE FOR GILL IN THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD  

TEXT  LBA22 to 82055

Peoples Choice Award Sponsor

With thanks to Blake Henderson Ltd for sponsoring this award

Each text vote costs your normal network text message charge.

One free vote may be made online by visiting www.lovebarrowawards.co.uk/peopleschoice

Voting closes at 6.00pm on the Sunday 19th February 2017. Any votes received after then may be charged but will not be counted.

The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.

 

 


Citizen of the Year 2017 Finalist – Matt Davies

Matt Davies, made it to the finals for being at the forefront of fundraising efforts in his wife, Jo’s memory for Jo’s Appeal.

Matt Davies is sports editor at the Evening Mail. His wife Jo, a much loved writer at the paper, died in August 2015 from cancer, aged just 38.  That would be enough to stop most people in their tracks but Matt decided to throw himself into the cause, continuing to fundraise in her memory.

lba17_citz_matt-davies_resize-for-blogSince then Matt has been at the forefront of fundraising efforts in Jo’s memory for Jo’s Appeal, raising money for St Mary’s Hospice, Furness General Hospital Oncology Unit and the Eve Appeal, a charity close to Jo’s heart.

About a year ago the fundraising total sat at around £8k and it was suggested it would top 10k by the end of the year. Matt was not convinced that would happen, but it did and it is now looking likely that by the end of 2016 it will reach £50k.

Matt has achieved this by rallying friends and colleagues to get involved in events from the Keswick 2 Barrow to quiz nights, leading walkers over Lakeland Fells and taking part in an array of sporting challenges himself.  He quite literally has gone the extra mile for his cause and in turn his community. He spends most weekends competing in triathlons and other sporting events most of us couldn’t even begin to tackle.

Matt would be the first to protest that this was not him, it was many, however without his drive and determination and courage his supporters do not believe much of it would have happened.

Matt has helped raise awareness for Jo and everything she stood for and all the while raising thousands for Jo’s charity.

His friend and supporters say “Jo would be the proudest wife in the world, and we are all so proud of him too, Thank you Matt for being the person we all aspire to be!”

 

TO VOTE FOR MATT IN THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD  

TEXT  LBA24 to 82055

Peoples Choice Award Sponsor

With thanks to Blake Henderson Ltd for sponsoring this award

Each text vote costs your normal network text message charge.

One free vote may be made online by visiting www.lovebarrowawards.co.uk/peopleschoice

Voting closes at 6.00pm on the Sunday 19th February 2017. Any votes received after then may be charged but will not be counted.

The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.

 


Citizen of the Year 2017 Finalist – Sharon Foden

Sharon Foden made it to the final three for being the driving force behind Barrow Community Kitchen.

When Sharon Fodden first realised there were people starving to death within our own community and she read of a family who had been sanctioned by the government and they were unable to feed themselves she decided to take action.

lba17_citizen_sharon-fodden_resize-for-blogIn October 2015, she set up Barrow Community Kitchen at St Matthews Halls, Barrow. The project started with no funds, venue or helpers just an idea and Sharons determination, which brought the community together to make it a reality.  Since then she has worked tirelessly and selfishly  to establish and run a service to those in need.

Sharon has not taken a single day off, despite being a full time mum of a little boy with special needs, she juggles her home life and family and the kitchen to ensure that there is an environment every single week for people to go to to have nutritious three course meal, warm friendship and a non-judgmental welcome.

People who use the service  are often isolated and lonely all week and enjoy their weekly visit to the kitchen. She is the heart and soul of the kitchen, which is a not for profit entity, so she always organising donations, fundraising, ingredients, publicity, everything to make the kitchen run smoothly.

The kitchen runs every Sunday and the meals, volunteers and activities appear on the day like magic, which is of course down to Sharon working tirelessly in the background.  She has much work in the community to do to keep up this illusion but never grumbles, even though she receives little recognition for her efforts.

Sharon has also helped 2 men find temporary accommodation over the xmas period who were homeless, delivered hampers to the elderly or infirm, fed families who otherwise would not have eaten that week and provided for them with essentials for home.

Her friends say “Sharon is a selfless woman and truly is the salt of the earth, she would do anything for absolutely anyone without prejudice or hesitation”

TO VOTE FOR SHARON IN THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD  

TEXT  LBA23 to 82055

Peoples Choice Award Sponsor

With thanks to Blake Henderson Ltd for sponsoring this award

Each text vote costs your normal network text message charge.

One free vote may be made online by visiting www.lovebarrowawards.co.uk/peopleschoice

Voting closes at 6.00pm on the Sunday 19th February 2017. Any votes received after then may be charged but will not be counted.

The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.

 


Citizen of the Year 2017 Nominee – Christine McCracken

Christine McCracken has been nominated for the Citizen of the Year Award sponsored by Furness Building Society.

Citizen of the Year Award Sponsor - Furness Building Society

 

Christine McCracken has been volunteering at Women’s Community Matters in Barrow since June 2016.  

Christine started out as a user of the centre and successfully completed courses and graduated from the project and is now the Drop-in Co-ordinator and has become the real heart of the service.  She welcomes new women to the Centre during the regular drop-in sessions and manages the cleaning, organising and recording each week. She always has a smile on her face, despite all she has been through, and truly lights up the lives of the women who use and work in the centre and has become the real heart of the service.

Christine is also a keen fundraiser and is always making jewellery to sell as well as a coming up with new fundraising ideas. In her efforts over the last month she has raised over £100 for women in crisis.

Christine McCracken

Left- Christine at the centre – Photo from WCM

“She has a warm, non-judgemental and accepting way of being that makes women feel safe and secure.”

 

 

Christine also has a family who she cares for, including an 11 year old son with autism who she supports with daily care and is a real advocate for autism awareness and support. Christine has previously struggled with her mental health but has overcome her own struggles and now provides a listening ear to others who are struggling.

There isn’t another woman in this world who has a heart like Christine’s. Just the other day she was making an inspirational quote for a woman who felt low – so she could hang it on her wall at home. The ladies at the centre think it’s time for Christine to truly be recognised for all she has achieved and for the wonderful work she does each week here at WCM.

Well Done Christine!

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.  


Citizen of the Year 2017 Nominee – Gill Grisedale

Gill Grisedale has been nominated for the Citizen of the Year Award sponsored by Furness Building Society.

Citizen of the Year Award Sponsor - Furness Building Society

 

Gill Grisedale is the Community Pastor at St Marks Chruch in Barrow-in-Furness.

Through her role she has provided groups and services that people in her community have express a need for.  Gill is never sat still going in and around the community, always compiling lists of available help and resources. Never has one person started so many different and diverse groups and is also heavily involved in making sure they are sustainable . From babies through to the elderly no one is unreachable and all can be helped or indeed help.

 

Gill working at the clothes bank. Photo – Evening Mail – Milton Haworth

St Marks has a fully functioning clothes bank, there is a free lunch provided on Monday, craft group and a toddlers group, social groups, youth clubs, youth cafe, free hugs and a caring word.  Gill does all this as well as being a mum and foster parent, wife and recently becoming a hedgehog adoption centre, there is nothing this woman will do to help everyone.

“You are trapped in a web of love and care when you meet Gill, she makes a difference to everyone she meets and is humble in all she does. An amazing lady with an amazing heart.”

Gill also works with homeless people, has an emergency food cache for those in need.  On one Christmas Eve, a young woman with children had escaped from an abusive partner and was given emergency accommodation so Gill and her family stepped in to help buy electricity and gas coupons, she went to the shops and bought a few clothes toiletries and then a few presents for the children’s christmas presents to make sure that family had a Christmas Day. 

The funding for Gill’s post ends later this year ( 2016 ) and there is little prospect of it being renewed but Gill has made some ripples in the sea of deprivation about us and has asked that her congregation and the wider community continue to do the same and continue with the good work. 

 

Well Done Gill, you are a shining light in the community!

 

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.