The whole team at Ely train station, a martial arts student, a PE teacher and a young boy with hearing loss are among the nominees for the first ever Ely Hero Awards 2017

PUBLISHED: 12:19 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:19 24 May 2017

Riley Tyler has been nominated as a Child of Achievement by his mum Jemma in the Ely Hero Awards.

Riley Tyler has been nominated as a Child of Achievement by his mum Jemma in the Ely Hero Awards.


What do the entire staff of Ely railway station, a scout leader, a PE teacher and a young martial art student have in common?

Nigel Smith pictured with his son Archie has been nominated as Sporting Hero in the Ely Hero Awards for his work as chairman of Witchford Colts football team.Nigel Smith pictured with his son Archie has been nominated as Sporting Hero in the Ely Hero Awards for his work as chairman of Witchford Colts football team.

Answer: they are all nominated in the first ever Ely Hero Awards and could be crowned Ely Hero 2017.

Nominations for the awards being run by MetroRod in conjunction with the Ely Standard has closed and the judges are now facing the daunting task of sifting through the 117 entries to shortlist three finalists in each of the 10 categories.

A winner will then be chosen for each category and these will be announced at the special awards evening on June 19 at the Maltings in Ely.

Among the nominations submitted was one for the team at Ely train station for the Smiliest Server.

The nominator wrote: “I’d like to nominate the team at the train station as a whole, if that’s possible. They’re so helpful and knowledgeable, always dealing with people who are in a hurry and often rude.

“Also the people who run the shop on platform one - again, they’re always dealing with people who are rude and abrupt and in a hurry to catch their train, but they’re always so friendly and helpful, despite getting up at God knows what time in the morning!

“One time I wanted to find out how to get hold of that lovely Kandula Moroccan Mint tea they do and the guy went out of his way to call the people at Kandula and get a box delivered specially for me - how lovely.”

Olivia Youngs has nominated her PE teacher at Witchford Village College for the Best Teacher.

She said: “Mr Cox is my PE teacher, he’s an inspiration to me as he’s so encouraging and kind. He brings out the best in my PE group and we love him!

“He’s willing to have a laugh with us and he’s a very good listener. He encourages us to get involved in extra curricular activities.”

There were a number of nomiations in for the Community Champion category in the last week before the closing date.

Among them was Anthony Sigrist who was nominated by Lauren Thomas. She said: “Anthony Sigrist is tirelessly working on setting up Talking FreELY, a new mental health support group in Ely, something our community will benefit from hugely. He is doing this completely off his own bat, recognising a need and rallying volunteers.”

Jill Pettit and the team who run Ely’s cubs, beavers and scouts was with the nominator saying: “They give up so much of their free time to run the local groups, and really bend over backwards to offer activities which help our children become more rounded, helpful and curious about the world.”

Nigel Smith chairman of Witchford Colts football club for over 10 years has been nominated for his dedication by Rachel Brinkley. Among his achievements has been organising two charity dinners. In 2016 the event raised £7,000 which was shared between the club and and Prostate Cancer. This year’s raised £9,800 which was shared between the club and East Anglian Children’s Hospices.

Proud mum Jemma Tyler has nominated her son Riley.

She said: “Riley was born with moderate/severe hearing loss in both ears, he has had hearing aids since he was about seven weeks old, refusing to wear them properly until he was about three.

“At preschool he wouldn’t make friends, write, use the toilet or leave an adult’s side. Since starting school in September 2016 he is talking, he has loads of friends, he will go off and play on his own, he can write his own name and count to twenty. He has grown a passion for swimming and is now at stage 4.

Christina Emmess at Witchford Village College has nominated student Jack James as Sporting Champion who she says is an inspiration to students and staff at the school.


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