The Love Barrow Awards 2012 Winners

Citizen of the Year 2012

Pauline Charnley

Joanne Tyson of Barrow Councils Housing Department nominated Pauline for her community work in the Four Groves area of Barrow.

Pauline has developed local projects such as youth groups,  a community garden and social/community events.  Pauline  also represents tenants of the councils housing on various forums and groups throughout Barrow, Cumbria and the North West.

It is said that “Pauline works tirelessly for her own community but also for the people of Barrow generally

Young Citizen of the Year 2012

Milly Pyne

Milly was nominated anonymously for her amazing fund raising skills.  She had given over £110,000 to charity.  Milly, along with her sister and family, won ‘Inspirational Women’s Awards’ at a ceremony in London in 2011.

Milly’s mum, Vicky Pyne said “I’m so very proud to learn that both Alice and Milly have been nominated in the Love Barrow Awards.  They’ve each travelled a long road, facing various difficulties with amazing resilience and just refusing to be dragged down.

Group or Project of the Year 2012

MIND in Furness

Mind is a national mental health charity with a Barrow base in School Street.  MIND were nominated by Sarah Goodwin during her time as a student on placement with the group.

Sarah says she believes MIND has “...made an outstanding difference to the lives of people in the local community through their voluntary and professional work.”


 Carer of the Year 2012

The winner of this award was voted for by the readers and listeners of the Bay Radio and The Evening Mail

Dr Anthony Page

Dr Page had worked as Consultant Psychiatrist as Dane Garth Mental Health Unit, Barrow since 2003, not long after the unit opened.  He retired from this role in December 2011.

He was nominated by a colleague who describes him as a “very special person” and feels that “hard work should be recognised and he should  be commended for his commitment to work above and beyond the call of duty.”


Teacher of the Year 2012

Elaine Kent 2012

Headteacher at St Georges primary school in Barrow, Elaine was nominated anonymously for the award and is described as a teacher “who goes far beyond her duties.”

She has recently overseen the £3 million revamp of the 150 year old school.  The person who nominated Mrs Kent said “She is a totally amazing teacher who gives herself totally to the welfare of the children and the staff in her care

Courage Award 2012

Alice Pyne

Alice shot to worldwide fame in 2011 after she put together an online ‘bucket list’ of things she wanted to do before she died.  Alice has been battling Hodgkins Lymphona for over four years.

Alice’s mum Vicky Pyne said “I’m so very proud to learn that both Alice and Milly have been nominated in the Love Barrow Awards.  They’ve each travelled a long road, facing various difficulties with amazing resillience and just refusing to be dragged down

Sports Volunteer of the Year 2012

Just4U Young Leaders

This group were nominated for helping to teach other students at Barrow Ju-Jitsu Club.  They are described by the person who nominated them as “A dedicated group of young people who are totally committed to training, developing and working with other young people.

Over the last few years the young leaders have also raised over £5000, to help renovate their building.  They achieved this through bag packing at local supermarkets and putting on demonstrations. The group also received the High Sheriffs Award on 2011.

Environmental Volunteer of the Year 2012

The Environmental Volunteer of the Year Award was introduced in 2012 to recognise the work carried out by individuals or groups who help maintain the environment and promote sustainable living.

Green Heart Den Volunteers

The volunteers of the Green Heart Den were nominated by the project co-ordinator Graham Bromley who says they were “actively and enthusiastically involved in all aspects of looking after one of Barrow’s award winning community garden projects in Marsh Street, more commonly known as The Green Heart Den.”




The volunteers turn up on a weekly basis and get involved in all sorts of activities including litter picking, lawn care, making bird and hedgehog boxes and more traditional gardening activities such as pruning, weeding and composting.  They also welcome and work with visitors to the site as well as agencies on developing the garden.


Ambassador Award 2012

Rob Cairns

Rob is the former Chief Executive of Furness Building Society and also the Chair of Barrow Community Trust.  Rob has a passionate commitment to the wider community and pioneered the introduction of ‘affinity’ accounts which enable regular savers to secure a competitive rate whilst donating one percent of savings to local charities.

He is committed to bringing money into the community to help disadvantaged groups and has been describe as ‘Mr Barrow’ for his tireless work for the community.  He attends events in the town on almost a nightly basis to give his support to a range of community groups and supports fund raising for a range of organisations.

Rob holds a place on the committee of Cumberland County Cricket Club and is also President of Walney Amateur Operatic Society.  He helps to raise the profile of Barrow outside the area by praising the benefits of living and working in the area.  He is also a proud supporter of the major sports clubs in the town.

His ‘Mr Barrow’ role is well known and you only need to spend a night in Barrow with Rob to see that in action.  Rob leaves the industry with his head held high, how many fincial CEO’s that have retired in the last five years can say that!?”    David Dodd – CE of Darlington Building Society- Evening Mail Oct 2011

Rob was described by one of the people who nominated him as someone with a ‘can-do attitude’ when it is anything which supports the local community.  Although recently retired as te CE of Furness Building Society, he continues to play an active role in community life.   Rob also received the CN Group Lifetime Achievement Award 2011.


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