Liverpool celebrates its Night of Honour

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Presenters and winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award

The city paid tribute to its unsung heroes at Liverpool’s Night of Honour 2012.

This year’s event, hosted by Hope City Enterprise, was held at the city centre hotel The Adelphi and admission was free to the public.

Many awards were given out to commend local people for their bravery, selflessness and dedication to helping others.

Liverpool Homeless Club Secretary, Steve Barton, winner of Liverpool’s Health and Wellbeing Award, said: “I’m over the moon to get nominated for an award, it’s fantastic. I’d like to dedicate the award to the homeless and Anne Williams and the Hillsborough ’96 because they really deserve it.”

At the end of the night there was a prize draw which included Liverpool FC and Everton FC signed merchandise which was kindly donated by the clubs, a meal for two at Malmaison and the new Mediterranean restaurant Gecko.

All proceeds raised were matched by Barclays bank and went towards the City of Hearts organisation to help victims who have been subjected to human trafficking, to help turn their lives around.

Paralympic double bronze medalist David Devine was a special guest who presented Liverpool’s Brave Heart award and Liverpool’s Lifetime Achievement award. He said that he enjoyed seeing all the unsung heroes and the positive work that they do.

Alan Kennedy and David Devine join Night of Honour awards winners

Amongst those in the audience offering support was ex-Liverpool footballer Alan Kennedy, who said: “I’m privileged to be invited to a great occasion in Liverpool. I had tears in my eyes at some points and I have every admiration for every one of the winners and nominees.”

This is the third year that Liverpool has celebrated a Night of Honour and this year organisers created a new Lifetime Achievement Award. Winners of the award wer:, Sister Bendicte, James Hughes and his foster father John Coutney, and Albert Heywood.

The director of the event, Roger Davies, believes that the night went perfectly and said that next year it will most likely be held in a different location to accommodate their growing number of supporters.

AWARDS

Liverpool’s Best Secret Angel award – Norman Scarisbrick

Liverpools Best Queen And Or King Of Customer Care Award -Sue Dwyer

Liverpool’s Best Investor In Children Award – Lee Donovan

Liverpool’s Best Community Organisation – Liverpool Homeless FC

Liverpool’s Health and Wellbeing Awards – Steve Barton

Liverpool’s Young Person Of The Year – Tony See

Liverpool’s Brave Heart – Jane Schuler Liverpool’s Lifetime Achievement Award – Sister Benidicte, James Hughes and his foster father John Coutney, and Albert Heywood

Additional reporting by Madeleine Cornforth

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