Local heroes in South Wales have been honoured by UTV stations The Wave and Swansea Sound at the annual Local Hero Awards.
The event, held in Swansea, had The Voice winner Jermaine Jackman and the winners of Britain’s Got Talent, Collabro, entertaining the 400 guests.
Helen Bowden, Station Director, said: “It was a phenomenal event, with many wonderful stories and so many great people. We loved giving Richard Smith the Contribution to Charity Award for the bike rides from Paris to Swansea and the Child of Courage Award to Cai Evans who is suffering from a brain tumour. It really was a wonderful evening of celebration and recognition, and also celebrated 40 years of Swansea Sound broadcasting in South West Wales.”
The evening honoured some very special people, including Carer of the Year Ben Locke, who at the age of 12 looks after his mother and autistic brother. He was presented an award by Swansea Football Club manager Garry Monk.
The Local Hero for Swansea, Jamie Denyer, was given his award by the acting Chief Superintendent Phil Davies for his work on the One Punch Ruins Lives anti-violence campaign, and the Special Recognition Award was given posthumously to Clive John, who died of cancer this year but during his working life helped to teach over 10,000 children to ride their bikes safely in Swansea.
Parent of the Year was Katherine Pitson, who adopted two children and then had a little boy and twins, one of which has cerebral palsy. Katherine’s husband died a few years ago and she brings up her five children on her own.
Picture of winner Jamie Denyer.