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There wasn't a dry eye in the house by the end of the first Tesco Pride of the Island Awards.

The contest was put together by Kay Speed, the manager of the Sheerness store, and her team.

Sheerness store manager Kay Speed with Tim Bell who inspired the Tesco Pride of the Island awards
Sheerness store manager Kay Speed with Tim Bell who inspired the Tesco Pride of the Island awards

At the red-carpet awards ceremony at Layzells, Minster, she said: "The inspiration was Tim Bell who raises funds for the Kent Air Ambulance and joins us at the store across the year regardless of the weather.

"The past 18 months have been incredibly hard for our community. Yet we have met more people like Tim who have worked really hard to make a difference.

"We wanted to celebrate those people in a way which involved the whole Island. The response was amazing. Sheppey is one of the most deprived areas in Kent yet it has a heart of gold."

She added: "We have had the pleasure of meeting and working with some really inspirational carers, fundraisers and local heroes who are using their own time and talent to make the Island a nicer place.

"It made us want to spotlight their amazing causes to a wider audience. We thank everyone for their feedback. It has been a lot of hard work but it was so worth it."

Jason Tarry, left, and Tim Bell who inspired the Tesco Pride of the Island awards for his fundraising for the air ambulance
Jason Tarry, left, and Tim Bell who inspired the Tesco Pride of the Island awards for his fundraising for the air ambulance

Mr Bell, 76, said: "The staff at Tesco have made me feel like part of their family. They often bring out tubs of sweets or cups of tea while I'm collecting for the air ambulance outside in my converted mobility scooter. Whenever I play the song We Are Family I think of them."

The ceremony was on Thursday . Kay said: "We chose the day, November 11, as it is the proudest date of the year when, as a country, we celebrate those who made made the ultimate sacrifice to help others."

The mayor of Swale Cllr Paul Stephen said: "This has put the rest of the borough to shame. Everyone is a winner and have all come up trumps. I do hope these awards are carried on and turned into an annual event."

A committee picked the finalists but the ultimate winners in 10 categories were chosen by a public vote.

The committee comprised store manager Kay Speed; store community champion Kay Boswell; Abigail Cockett (liaison support); Swale mayor Cllr Paul Stephen; Sgt Ryan Chase of the Swale community safety police unit; Garry Ratcliffe of Curly's farm; Dolley White (Sheerness and Minster council councillor and school governor for Oasis Academy, West Minster and Rose Street schools and Dawn Cockburn of the Harmony Therapy Trust and the moderator of the Positive Life Today on the Isle of Sheppey Facebook group. The awards were also supported by PCSOs Jess Stocks and Katie Jordan.

Store manager Kay Speed with Swale's mayor and mayoress Cllrs Paul and Sarah Stephen at the Tesco Pride of the Island awards
Store manager Kay Speed with Swale's mayor and mayoress Cllrs Paul and Sarah Stephen at the Tesco Pride of the Island awards
Tesco Pride of the Island awards committee
Tesco Pride of the Island awards committee

The winners were:

Lexie Braham shared the child of the year title in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards at Layzells
Lexie Braham shared the child of the year title in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards at Layzells
Alfie Mathis, six, pictures with his dad Ben and mum Clare shared the child of the year title with Lexie Braham in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards at Layzells, Minster
Alfie Mathis, six, pictures with his dad Ben and mum Clare shared the child of the year title with Lexie Braham in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards at Layzells, Minster

Child of the year shared between Lexie Braham and Alfie Mathis.

Joshua Jarvis, 11, pictured with his mum Lorraine, was named under-18 fundraiser with Harvey Servant in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards
Joshua Jarvis, 11, pictured with his mum Lorraine, was named under-18 fundraiser with Harvey Servant in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards
Harvey Servante, 12, pictured with his mum Gemma and dad Daniel, was named under-18 fundraiser of the year with Joshua Jarvis in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards
Harvey Servante, 12, pictured with his mum Gemma and dad Daniel, was named under-18 fundraiser of the year with Joshua Jarvis in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards

Fundraiser of the year (under-18) shared between Joshua Jarvis, 11, and Harvey Servante, 12.

Newspaper boy Leo Jacob won the Spirit of Youth title in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards
Newspaper boy Leo Jacob won the Spirit of Youth title in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards

Spirit of youth: Newspaper boy Leo Jacob.

Kyle Ratcliffe of Curly's Farmed picked up the community hero award in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards at Layzells, Minster. His husband Garry who shared the award was at home baby-sitting
Kyle Ratcliffe of Curly's Farmed picked up the community hero award in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards at Layzells, Minster. His husband Garry who shared the award was at home baby-sitting

Community heroes: Kyle and Garry Ratcliffe who founded Curly’s Farm which gives work experience to youngsters. They were featured on the BBC TV show DIY SOS.

Pharmacist Manu Mistry was named health service winner in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards
Pharmacist Manu Mistry was named health service winner in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards

Health service award: Sheerness pharmacist Manu Mistry.

Phil Crowder was named volunteer of the year in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards at Layzells, Minster
Phil Crowder was named volunteer of the year in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards at Layzells, Minster

Volunteer of the year: Retired postman Phil Crowder, 61, who chairs the Sheerness Town Team and leads beach cleans. He told guests: "If everyone picked up three pieces of litter a day it would make such a difference."

Lorraine March and Twiggy Hawes of Kent Wildlife Rescue Services were given lifetime achievement awards at the Tesco Pride of the Island awards at Layzells
Lorraine March and Twiggy Hawes of Kent Wildlife Rescue Services were given lifetime achievement awards at the Tesco Pride of the Island awards at Layzells

Lifetime achievement: Lorraine March and Twiggy Hawes of Kent Wildlife Rescue Services who founded the animal charity in Lorraine's Sheerness house 16 years ago.

Former Sheerness RNLI coxswain Robin Castle received the emergency services award in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards at Layzells, Minster
Former Sheerness RNLI coxswain Robin Castle received the emergency services award in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards at Layzells, Minster

Emergency services award: RNLI coxswain Robin Castle, who has recently retired from the Sheerness station after nearly 40 years.

Molly Hope was named fundraiser of the year in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards
Molly Hope was named fundraiser of the year in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards

Fundraiser of the year (over-18s): Molly Hope who has collected money for Abigail's Footsteps to provide 'cold cots' in hospitals for stillborn babies.

Aaron Scanlan won the committee's choice in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards
Aaron Scanlan won the committee's choice in the Tesco Pride of the Island awards

The committee’s choice award: Aaron Scanlan who has been raising money for Cancer Research UK following the death of his grandmother.

Tesco Pride of the Island certificates. Picture: James Hughes
Tesco Pride of the Island certificates. Picture: James Hughes
Tesco delivery vans at the Pride of the Island Awards presentation night at Layzells. Picture: James Hughes
Tesco delivery vans at the Pride of the Island Awards presentation night at Layzells. Picture: James Hughes

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