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.

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


Carer of the Year 2017 Nominees – Lynda and Dave Gommersall

Lynda and Dave Gomersall have been nominated jointly for the Carer of the Year Award sponsored by Cumbria Clinical Commisioning Group. NHS Cumbria

Lynda and Dave Gomersall have been nominated by their son Scott for the care they have provided him after he returned home from hospital in 2014.

In 2013, Scott, who at the time owned his own business, SDG Accountants in Barrow,  suffered a Subarachnoid Haemorrhage suddenly while at work.  He was rushed to Furness General and from there, thanks to the speed of the doctors and the team he was transferred to Preston Neurological Rehabilitation Unit.   That night doctors told Lynda and Dave that their son was unlikely to make it through the night and it was best to say their goodbyes while they still could.

scott-gommersall

 

Against all odds Scott survived the night and finally regained conscious after being in a coma for 3 weeks.  Scott went on to spend the next 10 months in Preston NRU working tirelessly with the team there to recover.  Scotts Father, Dave, continues to work even though he was due to retire and Scott’s mum, Lynda stayed in Preston in a special unit for relatives, then rented a room in Preston to be able to attend hospital every day.  With sheer determination and hard work alongside the dedication of his parents, Scott  learned to do many things again that we all take for granted such as learning to sit, up, chew food and finally having to learn to walk again.

Scott was then released home, where he moved back in with his parents, who have adapted parts of their home to accommodate Scott and his continuing rehabilitation.  Dave has continued to work to help support Scott and the family while Lynda helps take care of Scott throughout the day as well as looking after her own mother who recently suffered a stroke and suffers from Dementia.

“Without the time and support from my parents I don’t know where I would be today but I’m sure I would not have achieved what I have to date”

Scott defied the odds and thanks to the continued support and love of Lynda and Dave, has been able to start to get back to normal and start to contribute in small ways within the community by volunteering with the Love Barrow Awards, which previously he had sponsored the Young Citizen category with his business SDG Accountants.

Lynda and Dave are a fantastic example of how families are sometimes the foundation that the rehabilitation and care of loved ones are built on once they leave the hospital.

Well Done Lynda and Dave, you are amazing people!

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.  

 


Sports Volunteer of the Year 2017 Nominee – Graham Shaw

Graham Shaw has been nominated for the Sports Volunteer of the Year Award.

 

Graham Shaw and his Family

Graham Shaw and family- Photo from G.Shaw

Graham is the main driving force behind the Hindpool Tigers Junior Rugby Club, a small youth rugby club in Hindpool.  The club has nearly 200 young people signed on to the club which gives them the opportunity to learn discipline, teamwork & also keeps them fit & healthy.

As well as having a full time job and two young children of his own, he still finds time to manage the club and is constantly improving the quality of attention all the children and club gets and has put in a lot of effort to increase the number of children that have joined the club.  The club coaches young people of all the age groups from 5 years upwards and they do this free of charge.

 

Hindpool Tigers Juniors are a credit to the town and it is thanks to the likes of Graham Shaw and the coaches of this great club.”

 

The parents of the young people that attend say that Graham and his fellow coaches are amazing with the children and they have so much fun.  The effort they put in is outstanding and come rain or shine they are always there.

Graham Shaw and Hindpool Tigers

Graham with the Hindpool Tigers – photo from G.Shaw

Graham and the club have subsidised trips to super league games in which the young people have been given the opportunity to mascot and appear on tv with professional players and teams at games which in turn helps drive interest into the sport and the local club.  He also organises charity events to raise money for Make a Wish foundation & also to help with the running costs of the Hindpool Tigers Junior teams. These events include parachute jumps, comedy nights & a fireworks display.    

Well Done Graham in helping make the sports people of tomorrow!

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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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.

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Young Citizen of the Year Nominee – Jessica Grisedale

Jessica has been nominated for the Young Citizen of the Year Award Sponsored by Kimberly Clark.

 

Young Citizen of the Year Sponsor - Kimberly ClarkJessica Grisedale, Aged 11, has been nominated for having her hair cut off for charity.

Jessica Grisedale before the haircut!

Jessica before the chop! Photo Evening Mail – Milton Haworth

When Jessica found out that her friend Aimee was suffering from Leukemia and was going to lose her hair through chemotherapy,  she decided to step and and volunteer to have her 10 inches of hair chopped off, not only to help make her friend feel better about losing her hair but to raise money for charity and to donate the hair to other young girls who need to wear wigs while going through treatment.

Jessica Grisedale getting the chop

Jessica having her hair cut. Photo from Evening Mail – Milton Howarth

 

 

Jessica’s mother, Gill said that Jessica was so protective of her hair but as soon as she found out that Aimee was going to lose heres, she asked if she could give Aimee her hair.

 

“Jessica is always helping at events and is a caring thoughtful young lady who is so wise in her very young years.”  

 

Jessica had her hair cut during part of a fashion show at t Marks Church in Buccleuch Street, Barrow.

As well as donating her hair Jessica also raised over £800 for Ward 48 of the Manchester Childrens Hospital.  She also fund raises and takes part in collections for various organisations and is always first on hand to volunteer her time to help organise and plan events,

 

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.