Ely Hero Awards 2019: Here are your courageous and compassionate finalists
PUBLISHED: 12:52 12 June 2019 | UPDATED: 15:47 12 June 2019
The finalists of this year’s Ely Hero Awards have been revealed after judges had the agonising task of whittling down nominations.
Hundreds from across the city and surrounding villages were put forward by family and friends for their selfless acts of compassion and courage in 10 categories.
The winner's will be revealed at a special ceremony set to take place on the evening of July 1 at The Maltings.
Two of the finalists shared their delight with the Ely Standard of being in with a chance of winning.
Ten-year-old Maisie Prigg who goes to St John's Primary School, was nominated by her proud parents Sam and Warren for the Child of Achievement category.
Since the age of three she has struggled with long-term medical conditions, but always managed to keep a smile on her face.
Sam, 41, from Ely, said: "Her health has had a big impact but regardless she always has a smile on her face and puts everyone else first.
"Maisie is currently recovering from an infection but when we heard the news that she was one of the finalists it really brightened up her day and gave her a boost.
"We know it is a really hard category so this is a special achievement."
Louise Drake who runs the Sewing Daze shop in Sutton was nominated in the Smiliest Server category.
The 29-year-old, who also lives in Sutton, studied Textiles at GCSE and A Level but it wasn't until two years ago that she took the plunge and opened Sewing Daze in Witchford.
The shop attracted attention from across the city, with Louise eventually relocating to bigger premises in Sutton.
They now hold regular workshops and social gatherings for crafters.
She said: "It is amazing to know that you are appreciated by your customers when running a small business.
"I've been told that there was more than one customer who nominated me which is so lovely.
"The shop is really quirky and I get to see people make friends and then leave with something pretty they have made which gives me a real sense of achievement."
The nominations list also includes last year's Ely Hero winner Ruth Marley in the Community Champion category with her Community Larder project and Ely Rock Eels whizz Fleur Patten.
Here is a full list of the finalists:
Chris Croucher - Bent & Cornwall Butchers, Ely
Adrian and Debbie - Lemon Tree Deli, Ely
Louise Drake - Sewing Daze, Sutton
Most Amazing Professional
Thomas O'Connor - Dentist at Princess of Wales
Child of Achievement
Jucidena Upchurch Bent
Colleague of the Year
Neighbour of the Year
Barry & Joan Lonsdale
Nigel Pate (AKA Mr Witcham Cricket Club)
Lizzy Harrison - 14 yr old Witchford College Student
The Ely Hero
Mark Cornell - Prospects Trust
Clare Clay - Rox Vox Choir, Prickwillow
Howard Palmer on behalf of Team D - Witchford Community Group
Ruth Marley - Community Larder, Ely
Fleur Patten - Ely Rocks