SPECIAL AWARDS 2023
Winner: Lifetime Community Achievement Award - Paul Howard
Paul has been volunteering for Burnham Ramblers Football Club for over 25years.
He is now retired but still spends several hours a day cutting and lining 7 football pitches, gardening around the clubhouse and undertaking tasks such as cleaning changing rooms, emptying bins and collecting up lost balls. His Nominator Katherine Wilson said, “Burnham Ramblers football club has over 200 players from U7 to Veterans and none of these individuals would be able to play without the hard work and dedication of Paul.”
Winner: Lifetime Corporate Achievement Award - Brian Farrington
Brian, has helped countless charities, over decades, through organisations such as The Rotary Club. However, it’s his many years since resurrecting ‘The Maldon Mud Race’ that have become his finest work. This one-day event, has raised well over £250,000 for local Essex charities, and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024. From tiny charities like Cinnamon Trust, to the Essex Air Ambulance, this free-to- view, community spectacular, is a mammoth undertaking, with 20,000 people watching the spectacular, fancy dress ‘Mud run’, as 300 entrants, challenge themselves across the banks at Maldon. With only a tiny management team of around 6, it’s a huge credit to Brian, who continually overcomes red tape, to make this event happen annually. Brian, has expanded the Mud race over the last decade, especially to benefit local Essex charities, as well, as organising the Maldon Firework display; an event itself, raising tens of thousands of pounds.
Winner: The Tom Dean 'Ever-Smiling' Award - Aiden Mitchell
Aiden was our youngest ever winner of the Child of Courage which he received in 2015 and was nominated again this year. He was starved of oxygen at birth. As a result, he suffered neurological damage and suffers from cerebral palsy. His parents Keith and Fleur were told by doctors of many things they believed Aiden would be unable to do, I’m delighted to say he has proved them wrong. In his Nine short years he has undergone intensive physiotherapy which has enabled him to walk with assistance and become mobile. Recently he has undergone spinal surgery to help with his mobility. Aiden is a smart, intelligent and loving little boy who continues to defy the odds daily and does it all with a smile on his face.