Derbyshire Community Champions awards held

Robert Lindsay and the Community Champions winners Robert Lindsay joined the winners at Pride Park stadium

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Some of Derbyshire's unsung heroes have been recognised in the county's annual Community Champions awards.

The 14 winners were honoured at a special event at Pride Park Stadium in Derby on Sunday night.

Each was recognised for their dedication to local communities and for inspiring others.

About 150 people attended the sixth annual awards, organised by BBC Radio Derby and the Derby Telegraph.

Derbyshire actor Robert Lindsay and antiques expert Charles Hanson were among the people handing out the awards.

'Inspiring stories'
Keith Brampton and Maria Fowler Keith Brampton received his 'extra mile' award from TV star Maria Fowler

The event also featured a performance by Derby band Miss 600, who recently appeared at the Cheltenham Jazz festival.

People at the event heard inspiring stories of the winners, including Mick Mills, who was named fundraiser of the year.

He has raised more than £20,000 to help others, despite the fact that he has Parkinson's disease and requires specialist round-the-clock care.

Other winners included Tim Etherington, who received the courage award in recognition that despite losing his sight at the age of 21, he decided it was not going to rule his life.

He now runs a bowling group for blind and partially sighted people.

Community Champions 2012

Achieving Against the Odds Award - Katie Smith

Chief Constable's Special Award - John Augustin

Great Neighbour Award - Delia El-Hosayny

Be Inspiring Award - Jenny Birrane

Mayor's Special Award, Diversity - Jayshree Thaker

Kindness to Animals Award - Jo Gregory

Cultural Champion Award - Andrew Manning

Unsung Sporting Hero - Gordon Taylor

Extra Mile Award - Keith Brampton

Adult Volunteer Award - Eve Allen

Carer Award - Christine Lister

Fundraiser of the Year - Mick Mills

Children in the Community Award - Jack Mason

Courage Award - Tim Etherington

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