Imagine FM unsung heroes

UTV Radio's 104.9 Imagine FM recently held a ceremony to honour unsung heroes in their local community. The Pride of South Manchester Awards was held at The Hilton Hotel at Manchester Airport, and included categories such as Heart of Gold and Bravest Youngster .

Steve Howarth, 104.9 Imagine FM, station director, said: “The night gave us a chance to reward those outstanding members of our community who deserve both recognition and acclaim for their actions or achievements over the past year.

“There were so many heart-warming entries and choosing the final winners was as difficult as ever this year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors, especially our partners at Merseyway Shopping Centre and Big Apple Car Hire, who helped make the event a truly great evening.”

Jon Keighren, 104.9 Imagine FM, sports commentator and the evenings Master of Ceremonies, brought people to tears with some compelling stories of bravery, triumph and courage.

One example that was typical of the night was the story of Anne Sigley nominated by her daughter Michelle, who said: “This last 12 months been extremely difficult for my mum. Her nephew had a fit that left him extremely poorly and on life support for a long time. As a result, he has long term permanent damage so he has to live in a home some distance from us.

“My grandma has had a number of falls which have resulted in long stays in hospital and my mum has visited her every day to ensure that she does not feel forgotten or lonely. When my grandma is at home my mum visits her twice a day to give her medication and make her tea for her. My mum does all my gran’s shopping and ensures that she has a varied and active life.

“Above all of this, she has not forgotten her duties as a mother and best friend to me. We still make time to laugh about the maddest of things and we still go on our mad all day shopping trips. She’s one in a million and I don’t know how she manages to find enough hours in the day to sleep as she also works full time.”

Anne Sigley won the 104.9 Imagine FM Mum of the Year Award and the story was indicative of the inspirational entries that the station received.

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