Warrington Awards shines spotlights on inspirational people and charities
Returning for its sixth year, the Warrington Guardian Inspiration Awards celebrated some of the town’s unsung heroes on the 15th November 2018, including the Warrington Disability Partnership.
In a night filled with inspirational stories at The Halliwell Jones Stadium for those based in Warrington making a difference to people’s lives, finalists from a number of categories received the prestigious accolades.
This year’s categories include Teacher of the Year, Sportsperson, Contribution to the Community, Teenager, Charity Champion, Charity of the Year, Carer, Volunteer, Hospital Hero and the Lifetime Achievement award.
Reaching the finals of the Charity of the Year category and noted as highly commended, Warrington Disability Partnership’s Disability Awareness Day was praised as the world’s largest, not-for-profit, voluntary-led disability exhibition.
Its 27th annual event this year saw the charity raise over £1,000,000, a staggering figure, helping to fund the plethora of services it operates aimed at providing information, advice and guidance to disabled people in Warrington and further afield.
At this year’s Warrington Guardian Inspiration Awards, a new special new category was introduced this year – Hospital Hero – to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
Sponsored by the Disability Trading Company, the retail arm of Warrington Disability Partnership, the award saw NHS staff and volunteers nominated by the newspaper’s readers for their hard work and commitment.
Gavin Thompson, Corporate Director of the Disability Trading Company, presented the trophy to Warrington and Halton Hospitals’ Dr Ahmed Farag, a cardiologist who has made it his mission to teach people about heart disease.
Dr Farag has been instrumental in raising awareness of heart disease in Warrington, spending time visiting schools throughout the area to deliver ‘Smart Heart’ workshops to school children.
As reported by the Warrington Guardian, judges commented: “A gentleman as well as a role model, Dr Farag is leading the way in showing the children of Warrington that they have the power to make a difference to the health of generations to come.”