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Proud of BARNSLEY 2014


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Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce Address: The Core, County Way, Barnsley S70 2JW Telephone: 01226 308444 Web: www.brchamber.co.uk

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business at a local, national and international level. Working across the region with more than 1,200 member businesses, the Chamber offers a multitude of support services, with advice and guidance for start-ups to multinational organisations. Based at The Core in the heart of the town, the Chamber’s access to a number of key partners enables it to best represent the views of the wider business community. The Chamber is delighted to sponsor the venue for this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards

and to take the opportunity to recognise those people in our community who make Barnsley such a great place to live and do business in. Last year’s ceremony showed that Barnsley is home to some exceptional individuals who make our borough great. The Chamber are sure that this year’s awards will be no exception and will honour even more of our community’s unsung heroes. Diane Graham, corporate services executive for Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chamber is about supporting our members and the community as a whole.

“We have lots to be proud of here in Barnsley: the Experience Barnsley Museum, Cannon Hall, Locke Park, Worsborough Park, the market and Barnsley Football Club to name but a few. “Barnsley is my home town: the people are friendly, helpful and have a wicked sense of humour. “The awards recognise the achievements and promote the good work people do in our community.”

A lot of work in the community goes unrecognised so this is the ideal opportunity to help reward these heroes, who just get on with things. Diane Graham

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Introduction During my time as the MP for Barnsley Central, I have met thousands of Barnsley residents – both young and old, from our schools, hospitals, local businesses, places of worship and community groups – and nearly all of them have one thing in common. Whatever our differences, whatever our political or personal views, we can all unite around our shared sense of pride for our Barnsley community. The Proud of Barnsley awards are built on this shared pride and is why we launched the campaign in the first place. It is an opportunity to shine a light on those who really make a difference to our community, who go that little bit further to help others and contribute to the good of the town and our people. By recognising these contributions, we hope that it will inspire others to step forward and continue their good work – as well as reminding all generations that nothing should prevent them from realising their aspirations. These are challenging economic times. Whatever commemtators say about the national picture, we know that here in Barnsley people are still finding it difficult to make ends meet. So the Proud of Barnsley awards provide us with an opportunity to highlight the positive work that is being done in our town, despite these difficulties. Our people have the grit, determination, imagination and ingenuity to overcome these obstacles and give something back to their community. This is what we will celebrate. I am incredibly honoured to call Barnsley my home – it is a great place to live, work and raise a family. This past year saw the opening of the Experience Barnsley museum, which highlights our rich history and tradition, and reminds us all that Barnsley is a proud town. Let’s encourage everyone to join with us and the Barnsley Chronicle and get behind the Proud of Barnsley awards – once again showcasing our fantastic achievements to the world.

Dan Jarvis MP for Barnsley Central

Proud of Barnsley will be the biggest-ever search to find the town’s unsung heroes. Over the next five months, we want our readers to nominate the people and organisations that make Barnsley a place to be truly proud of. The culmination of this search will be a spectacular awards dinner at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth on Friday November 14. It is guaranteed to be a night to remember –

not just for the winners but for the whole of Barnsley. In this special supplement, you’ll find everything you need to know to make a nomination. We’ve included the criteria, information about why are sponsors are proud to be involved and an example of the kind of people we’re hoping to find. So if you know of someone who is doing great things, don’t just keep it to yourself – nominate them for a Proud of Barnsley award and give them the recognition they deserve.

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NPS Group Address: NPS Barnsley Limited, Gateway Plaza, Sackville Street, Barnsley S70 2RD Telephone: 01226 774605 Web: www.nps.co.uk

NPS Barnsley is a local property services company, formed in January 2011. Part-owned by Barnsley Council, in a joint venture partnership, NPS work closely with the council to support growth in the local economy and create and sustain local jobs. Their services include architectural, mechanical, electrical and structural engineering design, quantity surveying, procurement, energy management and compliance services such as asbestos, water hygiene and health and safety

management and facilities management services such as cleaning and caretaking. The company also has its own construction arm. Barnsley Council continues to be their main client, delivering some wonderful projects together including the refurbishment of Barnsley Town Hall. By increasing their client base, last year they secured almost £2 million in work for other clients. This is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the

I was born and brought up in Goldthorpe and I am very proud of that fact. The people are friendly, down to earth and always welcoming. There is no better place to live. Karen Temple

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hard work and commitment of NPS staff. As a local company they employ local people, with majority of their third party spend with local suppliers and subcontractors. They recently signed the Barnsley Apprentice Pledge and have already exceeded their targets, with five per cent of their workforce being apprentices. These apprentices will be trained by NPS to become the designers, engineers and craftsmen of the future. Karen Temple, managing director of NPS, said: “Most of our employees live in Barnsley and their children attend schools in the borough. Here at NPS we are all very proud of our Barnsley roots and care very much about the town. “We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of the Proud of Barnsley awards because it is a chance to give our unsung heroes the recognition they deserve. These inspirational people are what make Barnsley truly great.

“We chose to support the Carer of the Year category because caring will touch all of our lives at some point – whether we are caring for someone or being cared for. “They are often the glue holding families together and the care they provide is truly irreplaceable. We feel extremely privileged to be associated with this award.”


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Carer of the Year Leanne Drummond has done everything in her power to help her poorly little girl. Ebonie Webb, six, was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was six months old. Leanne and Ebonie’s dad, Mick, of Honeywell Place, have been raising money to send her to America for treatment ever since. But the trip was called off after Ebonie’s tumour grew and spread to her spine, meaning she was unable to travel and needed more surgery and chemotherapy. The tumour has now spread to the most complex part of her brain, near the nervous centre which affects primitive physical and emotional behaviour, and could eventually see her lose her eyesight. But Leanne has never seen any of what she does as worthy winning awards – she believes she is just doing what any other mum would do for their child. “I have never seen what I do as being about any awards. It’s really nice that someone has recognised me and what I do, but it’s just my life.” She said Ebonie was ‘over the moon’ her mum had won and was doing really well and still enjoying school. They recently had some good news, Ebonie’s tumour has shrunk a little, but she continues to have chemotherapy. Leanne encouraged others to put forward people who dedicate their lives to caring for others. “I thought I had been shoved in to make up the numbers so I was really pleased when I won. It’s a good thing to nominate people, and it was brilliant that I was nominated.”

I’m proud to be from Barnsley because of the people. We look after our own in Barnsley and I love that. You should always be proud of where you come from, as that is the place that helped make you the person you are. Sam Nixon

TV presenter

” Last year’s winner Leanne Drummond

Our Carer of the Year is someone who puts their own needs aside to selflessly care for family members, partners, friends or others who suffer from ill health, are frail or have a disability. This person may look after one person or many. They may be a family member or friend, a foster parent or someone from the medical profession such as a doctor or nurse. The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.  What kind of things does this person do to make life easier for someone else?  Do they run errands, do the shopping, tidy someone’s home or garden or help care for pets?  Are they always there to provide companionship and listen to people who need to talk? Being a carer is an important job that many do without ever wanting or asking to be praised for it. We would all do anything for our loved ones, but nominating someone you know for the Carer of the Year award is a great way to thank them for their commitment and give them the recognition they deserve.

G. M.

Sponsors of Proud of BARNSLEY

WILSON SOLICITORS LIMITED

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Norbert Dentressangle Web: www.norbert-dentressangle.co.uk

Norbert Dentressangle operates four sites around South Yorkshire employing over 2,500 people. Located here in Barnsley is the company’s largest world-wide site, the ASOS operation in Grimethorpe. They also have a long standing relationship with Ardagh Glass (ex Redfearns) at Carlton. Although you may guess from the name that Norbert Dentressangle is a French company, they are also a leading UK employer with the biggest

concentration here in South Yorkshire. People all recognise the red lorries, but not necessarily what services Norbert Dentressangle offer. They are a third party logistics and transport provider which means that they work on behalf of customers receiving, storing, picking and shipping their goods. This ranges from internet fashion, like ASOS, to glass bottles, like Ardagh, through to ASDA, House of Fraser and Boots. Norbert Dentressangle started the

This category is especially close to my heart, working with colleagues who work tirelessly to raise a tremendous amount for local charities. Andy Hague

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company in 1979 and he is still involved today. This personal touch means that they place a huge emphasis on their people. This investment in people locally at the ASOS operation has enabled over 100 managers to be upskilled on the Red Management programme, the long term unemployed being given a deserved chance, recruitment of 25 weekend part-time students and filling around 120 am and pm part-time roles particularly suited to working mums. Along with ASOS, Norbert Dentressangle also supports many local community based initiatives and will be investing in 30 young apprentices this April.

to invest in our local talent to help sustain the incredible growth, currently around 40 per cent a year, that ASOS are experiencing. They are committed to the site for the next 15 years and we plan to continue to grow our talent pool from local people.”

It is this local touch which Andy Hague, innovation director for Norbet Dentressangle, believes makes the difference: “Being one of Barnsley’s biggest employers we are determined

Andy added: “Both ourselves and ASOS are really pleased to support and to be involved in the Proud of Barnsley awards and to sponsor the Charity Fundraiser category.”


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Charity Fundraiser of the Year Many charities and good causes are helped by the fundraising efforts of generous supporters. Some raise money for different charities throughout the year, while others focus a particular charity because it is close to their heart. But each charity is helped massively by the money raised by such people. The Barnsley Hospice is no exception. It provides essential support, symptom management and end of life care for adults in Barnsley who have life limiting illnesses. Whilst this care is provided for free to patients and carers, it is not free to provide. Diana Gibson, the hospice’s patient services director, said: “I am always overwhelmed by the generosity of people in Barnsley and those who give up their own time to raise money for us. The diversity in the way people raise funds never ceases to amaze me. From huge physical and personal challenges to cake sales and dress down days, every penny raised makes a huge difference to the care we can provide. Without the support of fundraisers we would not be able to afford to run many of our services, meaning hundreds of people every year would not be able to get the end of life care they want, need and deserve. Every act of fundraising, however large or small ensures we can be there to help the people who need it most.” Fundraisers for all charities and good causes can be nominated in this category, not just those associated with the hospice.

As a collector of peoples’ stories for a living, there is nowhere like Barnsley for a good yarn. Our town is full of wonderful story tellers. Simon Hirst

Capital FM breakfast show presenter

” Barnsley Hospice Patient Services Director Diana Gibson

Whether they have shaved off their once prized locks or cycled to Timbuktu and back again, our Charity Fundraiser of the Year might not necessarily have raised wads of cash, but they will have dedicated time to their cause and raised its profile. The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination. h In what way was this person or group’s fundraising activity exceptional? h Did they do something creative that raised the bar? If so, what was it? h Why do they deserve recognition for their efforts? h How much money did they raise? h Have they raised the profile of their chosen charity or cause? The judges will be looking for groups or individuals who have dedicated their time to raising funds for something that they believe in. Our winner will be someone who has shown a dedicated, fun and creative approach to their cause that has inspired others, regardless of the amount raised.

G. M.

Sponsors of Proud of BARNSLEY

WILSON SOLICITORS LIMITED

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Carillion Integrated Services Address: One Euston Square (8th Floor), 40 Melton Street, London, NW1 2FD Telephone: 020 7901 3200 Web: www.carillionplc.com

Carillion is a FTSE 250 services company employing around 40,000 people in the UK, Canada and the Middle East. It is strongly committed to working within the education sector and as a major employer, has a vested interest in developing successful, capable young people. Carillion has considerable experience in every aspect of a school’s life cycle – from designing and building space that creates the best possible environment

for learning, right through to the everyday needs of its property maintenance.

communities. This award-winning commitment to sustainability puts communities at the heart of all it does.

But it’s not just the buildings that Carillion is interested in. The company believes that the success of its business is built on the success of individuals. Carillion’s training is directly linked to the sector skills councils and it understands the link through from education to business.

Carillion has become an approved academy sponsor through the Carillion Academies Trust which is a company limited by guarantee in its own right and operating outside of the Carillion business, but is supported by Cambridge Education, Young Advisors and Carillion Plc.

It also believe that individuals succeed when they are part of thriving

Carillion’s involvement in the education sector means it is extremely proud to sponsor the Children’s Champion category. Carillion contract manager, Stuart Locking, said: “Carillion have a strong presence in the education market and we are the UK’s largest provider of construction apprenticeships.

The winner of this category will be someone who believes in young people and the contribution they make to thriving communities. Stuart Locking

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“We are committed to making a difference to the communities in which we work, so for us the Children’s Champion’s category is particularly important as it celebrates people and organisations who have helped

improve the quality of life of the young people they work with in Barnsley. “The winner of this category will be someone who believes in young people and the contribution they make to thriving communities. “Our company motto at Carillion is ‘making tomorrow a better place’, something we strive to do through transforming delivery and valuing partnership.”


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Children’s Champion The Royston Dynamos was set up by Billy Horner more than 30 years ago and the community football team is still going strong to this day. Billy started the group after suffering an injury while playing for Royston Cross. He ran three age groups over the weekend, but the club expanded as players got older and moved up into different age groups. There are now nine teams and those involved in the group estimate the number of kids who have passed through the organisation over the years is now in the thousands. Billy was honoured for his efforts last year by the Football Association as ‘Volunteer of the Year’. He said: “I really enjoyed the Proud of Barnsley awards, but I never thought I would win - I nearly fell off my chair! It was great just to get nominated. “I’ve been into football since I was at school and I’ve watched Barnsley FC for 58 years and I’m a season ticket holder. “I do it because I enjoy it. Young kids these days want to be on their X-Boxes and I think there are a few schools who don’t do much sport, but I think it’s started to pick up again.”

I’m really proud to say I come from Barnsley. I’m a home girl – not a city girl and wherever I go, it’s always great to come back to Barnsley. It’s a great place. Hayley B

Former model

” Last year’s winner Billy Horner

This award will go to an individual who works tirelessly to inspire children and young people. This person will be someone who has helped either one or a number of kids to go further, push harder and achieve more, providing the support they need to overcome life’s problems and barriers. The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.  What does this person do or say that is inspiring?  How has this person helped young people to achieve their goals and overcome any barriers?  Tell us how this person is a great advocate for youngsters and dispels any negative views held about of the youth of today?  What sort of extra things does this person organise or help do? How do they go the extra mile?  Has this person done something really special to help you or someone you know? People nominated for this award could be youth workers, health workers, teachers, teaching assistants, a school nurse or social workers. They could even be a relative, friend or sports coach who has gone over and above what is expected to help children and young people.

G. M.

Sponsors of Proud of BARNSLEY

WILSON SOLICITORS LIMITED

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Voluntary Action Barnlsey Address: The Core, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW Telephone: 01226 320100 Web: www.vabarnsley.org.uk

Voluntary Action Barnsley has been in Barnsley for over 30 years and offers opportunities for people living in the borough to get involved in their local community. The organisation, based at The Core, has a range of opportunities available, including becoming a volunteer for a community group or voluntary organisation. Anyone can become a volunteer for an organisation and it gives people a chance to learn new skills, increase their confidence and make a difference to their local community. Voluntary Action Barnsley is working with businesses in the area who want to give

something back to their local community. Employer Supported Volunteering and Corporate Volunteering allows organisations to show they are committed to supporting projects in the locality, with staff given the opportunity to get involved in volunteering as well. Voluntary Action Barnsley is the contract holder of Healthwatch Barnsley, the independent local consumer champion for health and social care services. Healthwatch Barnsley provides an advice, information and signposting service to the public as well as gathering views and comments from people accessing health and social services in the Barnsley area. These views are then fed back to service providers to ensure

I am proud to live and volunteer in Barnsley and know how tirelessly community groups, and their volunteers, work to make a difference to their local area. David Brannan

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that everyone living in Barnsley has access to the best health and social care services possible. David Brannan, chairman of Voluntary Action Barnsley, says the organisation wanted to be part of the Proud of Barnsley awards because they know how hard community groups work every day of the year across Barnsley and want this to be recognised in our town. Mr Brannan, said: “We are really proud to be sponsoring the Community Group of the Year category at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards. “We know how hard community groups work and the dedication that goes into these groups to make sure that local communities have access to services every day of the year.”


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Community Group Barnsley Beacon has been providing support to friends and families of drug and alcohol users for the last 13 years. It was founded by June Marshall in 2000 after dealing with her sons’ addiction. It has come a long way since then, providing one to one support, 24 hour telephone support, a Stepping Stones support programme and drop in sessions for the families of those battling addiction. There are also respite evenings, coffee mornings and other events throughout the year to support those affected. Although she was surprised to be announced as winner, June said it was nice to be recognised. “It was a lovely surprise and it was very much appreciated. We know we are doing something worthwhile and for someone to acknowledge that was really nice.” The group recently announced Barnsley FC player Bobby Hassell as its new patron. “He came in to see us and we had a really nice chat with him. He’s going to help us raise some money.” It has also won a High Sheriff Award, a Duke of York Award and June has also won an award for outstanding leadership. But she said nominating other groups in this category was important. “I’d definitely encourage people to nominate, it really does help in the way of publicity and helps to get the message out there.”

I’ve travelled the world and been to some wonderful places. But wherever I go in the world, whoever I talk to, people know about Barnsley and I’m so proud to come from Barnsley. The town has marvellous people who are respected around the world. Dickie Bird

Cricket umpiring legend

Barnsley Beacon June Marshall

The Community Group category is open to any group who can demonstrate their work plays an active role in community life. We are looking for groups who promote community spirit, tolerance and co-operation amongst local residents. It may be that it actively helps to promote estate or area based activities, or perhaps provides support in some way for local people. The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination. h Do you know of a group that provides a much needed service? h Does it make your area or some else's a safer place to live? h Does it provide a lifeline for those in need? h Does the group provide facilities to engage young people who would otherwise have nothing to do? If someone has done something creative, engaged local people in the arts or simply been there to support residents or those in need, we want to know. Winners are likely to have devoted their efforts to the benefit of the community with probably no, or little in the way of a budget. Nominations are invited from all types of community group, be it an amateur dramatics society, a slimming club, residents association, church or youth group.

G. M.

Sponsors of Proud of BARNSLEY

WILSON SOLICITORS LIMITED

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asos www.asos.com

The ASOS.com website has over 29.5million* unique visitors a month. As a global online fashion and beauty retailer, ASOS offers free shipping to fashion-lovers in 234 countries world-wide, all shipped from its 680,000 square foot Barnsley Fulfilment Centre. Although head office is located in London, the work done here in Barnsley is in no small part responsible for thousands of packages being sent to fashion-forward customers around the globe each day.

The decision to move such a large part of the business to Grimethorpe in January 2011 marked one of the biggest changes in the company’s history to date. Thanks to the support and hard work of the local people, the move was a success and today ASOS is the second largest employer in the borough after the council. Last year its Grimethorpe Fulfilment Centre was extended and hundreds more jobs created as a result of the company’s international success, employing more than 3,000 people at peak times.

It’s always a pleasure to be in Barnsley and work with many inspiring local individuals who give their time and energy to the benefit of the community. Louise McCabe

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Head of Corporate Responsibility

As a long-time sponsor of the Proud of Barnsley awards, ASOS has seen its support crown some of Barnsley’s most inspirational and hardworking people as worthy winners. This year ASOS will once again be sponsoring the Exceptional Achievement award as it shows how one person can affect the lives of many. Among last year’s nominees there were some truly remarkable stories, which highlighted the achievements of people who have changed lives and communities for the better. As one of the area’s major employers, ASOS would like to say thank you to the people of Barnsley for their continued support and how honoured the company feels to be part of a community that clearly has so many things to be proud of. Louise McCabe, head of corporate responsibility for ASOS, said: “Within my role for ASOS, I have been responsible for our community programme since we moved to

Grimethorpe and it’s been a real pleasure getting to know Barnsley. “ASOS has been very proud to support local projects over the past couple of years but the real heroes here are those volunteers and organisations that plug away week after week, year after year, giving up their time and energy to provide inspiring opportunities for young people and others. It’s great that this award goes some way to recognising them.” * Desktop visitors only: excludes mobile and tablet visitors


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Exceptional Achievement Last year’s award went to former Barnsley College music tutor Richard Tolson. Richard sadly died after losing his battle with an aggressive form of cancer and was awarded the accolade posthumously. The 40-year-old father had dedicated his life to his students, helping others and the arts. A respected tutor at the college for 18 years, he worked his way up to become the head of the Faculty of Arts, Media and Entertainment (FAME). He also nurtured the talent of Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and drummer Matt Helders. His wife Sarah collected his award to a standing ovation. She said: “It was a really emotional night and it was really difficult going up there. I had Rich’s parents and brother with me and don’t think I’d have been able to do it without them. “Am I surprised he won the award? Yes and no. It was something he loved to do. He would have thought ‘what’s all the fuss about?’” Richard was involved in many charity projects and was a director of Penistone FM. He continued to work throughout his illness, his death coming as a shock to many. Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond and deserves to be nominated for the exceptional achievement award?

I’m proud to live in the town, work in the town and have my business in the town. I feel my work has represented Barnsley all around the world and I’m proud of that. Graham Ibbeson Sculptor who designed the spectacular Proud of Barnsley trophies

Sarah Tolson

For this award we are looking for someone who has made an outstanding contribution to Barnsley, making our town a better place to live in. Be it by enhancing the town’s reputation, building bridges between communities or reducing inequality, we want you to nominate the people who have changed Barnsley for the better. The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination. h Has someone worked tirelessly for the good of others? h Have they fought for a better quality of life for residents in the borough? h Are they voice of the village or district where they live? h Have they done something to turn your life around or the lives of others? We welcome direct nominations for this award, and our judges may also put forward those nominated in other categories who, in their opinion, have made exceptional contributions to their community. Our winner will have made an outstanding difference to the lives of an individual, community or family. If you know someone who has done this against all odds, we want to know about them.

G. M.

Sponsors of Proud of BARNSLEY

WILSON SOLICITORS LIMITED

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Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Address: Gawber Road, Barnsley, S75 2EP Telephone: 01226 730000 Web: www.barnsleyhospital.nhs.uk

Barnsley Hospital are sponsoring a brand new category in the Proud of Barnsley awards – the Barnsley Hospital Hero Award. Chief executive of Barnsley Hospital Diane Wake, said: “Since starting as chief executive of the hospital in October last year, I have been extremely impressed with our staff. What is clear every day is that they are very proud to work here and to care for the people of Barnsley. A large proportion of them live in Barnsley and the surrounding areas, so this not just where they work, it is also their local hospital – and they do their local community proud.

“The dedication and commitment of all of our staff has a real impact on people’s lives. Whether it’s the receptionist who gives you a friendly welcome, the nurse who cares for you at your bedside, or the surgical team that saves your life, our staff work tirelessly to change lives for the better every day of the year. “It is down to our staff that we are a successful hospital, providing a full range of district hospital services to more than 400,000 patients every year from Barnsley and beyond, with consistently high levels of patient satisfaction.

“So often though, staff across the

Our staff work tirelessly to change lives for the better every day of the year. Diane Wake

Chief Executive

Providing quality local services for local people

NHS don’t get the recognition they deserve. Working in a hospital is a tough job – it is fast-paced and extremely demanding and our staff also have to cope and respond to what can seem like constant changes to the health service at a national level. “I am so very proud to be chief executive of Barnsley Hospital and I think this new award is a fantastic opportunity to show our staff how much we appreciate what they do and how grateful we are for the sacrifices they make. “Have our staff given you exceptional service? If they have, I strongly encourage you to nominate them. It can be anyone at the Hospital who really made an impact on you, an individual or a team, whether you stayed overnight, you came as an outpatient or even as a visitor.

“Please take this chance to nominate your very own Barnsley Hospital Hero. I know you’re as proud of our Hospital and our staff as I am.

At Barnsley Hospital we pride ourselves on serving the people of Barnsley and the surrounding areas by providing high quality and safe health services. We are the the second largest employer in the town, employing over 3000 staff, and are well known for our friendly and welcoming culture.

Why choose us? • Rated highly by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – the CQC has rated our Hospital as amongst the highest performing in the country, using its Intelligent Monitoring tool • Low infection rates – in 2012/13 we met all of our national targets for Clostridium Difficile and MRSA bacteraemia infections • Highly recommended by patients – in the Friends and Family Test in February 2014, 93% of patients said they were either ‘extremely likely’ or ‘likely’ to recommend us to their friends and family

What our patients say: “The treatment I received was outstanding. The Consultant explained everything and also answered my questions regarding my diagnosis.” – Inpatient, February 2014 “Compassionate and competent staff. I felt involved with all care plans and felt nothing was too much trouble.” – Emergency Department patient, September 2013

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Hospital Hero Award The Hospital Hero is new to this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards. As the health reporter, I’ve written many stories about people’s experiences when they’ve been admitted to hospital. From mothers who have had difficult births and could not have got through it without the support of the midwives, patients who have had their lives saved by doctors carrying out major surgery, to those who just wanted a bit of advice and a friendly ear. Going in to hospital can be an anxious time for people and the medical staff at Barnsley Hospital do a wonderful job. But they are not the only people who keep the place up and running. From porters, volunteers, hospital radio broadcasters, cooks, receptionists, clerical officers, and the chaplain - everyone has a part to play. The Hospital Hero award is open to anyone who works at the hospital. Did someone go above and beyond during your stay in hospital? Whether it was a doctor or nurse who saved your life or a receptionist who went out of their way to help - make sure they get the recognition they deserve by nominating them. Use the form at the back of this supplement or e-mail lynsey.bradford@barnsley-chronicle.co.uk

Genuine, decent people – pithy humoured and ‘in-your-face’ friendly. Best supporters and ‘never say die’ football team You Reds… That’s why I’m Proud of Barnsley… Dai Bradley

Actor who played Billy Casper in the film ‘Kes’

” Health Reporter Lynsey Bradford

Have you or someone you know received exceptional care from a member of staff at Barnsley Hospital? If so, nominate them for this award. It may be that you or a loved one went in for an operation filled with anxiety, but were made to feel at ease by staff. Or perhaps you want to tell us about a nurse or doctor doing an exceptional job, a department that is praise worthy or simply to rave about individuals who make a difference to those who visit the hospital? The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.  Tell us about your experience. What made it exceptional?  How has this person or department gone above and beyond to make you and others feel comfortable and relaxed in their care?  Did they do anything that you wouldn’t have expected them to?  Why were the facilities so good? Were they cleaner, more engaging or just simply better than others you have encountered? The winner of this category could be anyone connected with Barnsley Hospital who has helped others to feel better. If they’re getting it right, they’re a worthy nominee.

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GM Wilson Solicitors Ltd. Address: 4 Great Cliffe Court, Great Cliffe Road, Dodworth, Barnsley S75 3SP Telephone: 01226 794140 Web: www.gmwilson.co.uk

GM Wilson Solicitors Ltd opened its second office in Dodworth, Barnsley in June 2007 and since then it has gone from strength to strength with a growing team of specialist solicitors. With the added bonus of having parking just outside the door, the Dodworth branch is continuing to flourish. GM Wilson Solicitors Ltd has been based in Wakefield city centre since the firm was established in 1975 by Mr GM Wilson, and latterly, taken over by senior partner David Brooke who has over 30 years’ experience.

The firm is proud to say the majority of its work comes from repeat business and client recommendations alongside strong working relationships with estate agents and builders in Yorkshire and the surrounding areas. Over the last few years GM Wilson Solicitors Ltd has seen a large increase in its online conveyancing service, which brings in work from all over the country. Mr Brooke says GM Wilson Solicitors Ltd aim is to provide a quality bespoke service to clients covering a range of core matters such as

Our decision to open in Barnsley proved to be a good one and we have always found the people of Barnsley to be straight forward, honest and trustworthy who appreciate being treated in the same way, which is the way we like to do business. David Brooke

Senior Partner

• Remortgages

• Pension Purchases

• Business Formation

• Employment Law

• House Buyers

• Wills/Probates

• House Sellers

• Medical Negligence

• Commercial Business Matters

• Family Law

• Landlord & Tenant Law

• Personal Injury

• Litigation

• Inheritance Tax Planning

residential and commercial purchases, commercial leases, business formation, pension purchases and wills and probate, all dealt with by its specialist team of solicitors, not to mention the firm’s ever expanding litigation department. Mr Brooke said: “Our decision to open in Barnsley proved to be a good one and we have always found the people of Barnsley to be straight forward, honest and trustworthy, who appreciate being treated in the same way, which is the way we like to do business. “We are thrilled to be part of the Proud of Barnsley awards and to present the School of the Year award. This award recognises not only the hardwork of students, but also of all the teachers and staff who dedicate their lives to teaching children and helping them develop into well-rounded adults who will become the future of Barnsley.”

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School of the Year We’re often told that our school days are the best days of our lives. But it’s not until we’ve left that the words ring in our ears. There are many things to be proud of in Barnsley schools, said Coun Tim Cheetham, council spokesman for children, young people and families. “There are so many hardworking and brilliant students making incredible achievements, often battling their circumstances to succeed against the odds. We have any number of inspiring and committed teachers dedicating themselves to our young people day in and day out, often beyond the call of duty. Head teachers who are transforming our schools and the communities they are in with innovation and determination on behalf of their staff and students. “Our legion of school governors, volunteering their own time and efforts, often for years, usually unrecognised, but always for no other reason than their passion to improve the lives of the young people of our town. And then there are the caretakers, dinner ladies, lollipop men and women, carers, after school sports and activity coaches and all the other support staff and volunteers that keep our kids guided, healthy, nurtured, fit, educated and above all, safe.” He said Proud of Barnsley gave a much needed opportunity to recognise unsung heroes and is hoping to see a bumper crop of nominations telling their stories, inspiring others and being awarded for their efforts.

Why am I proud of Barnsley? That’s an easy one. Its simply a brilliant place, full of warm and honest people who have always been there for me, and I hope always will be. Joann Fletcher Egyptologist, TV presenter Royal Television Society Award winner.

Councillor Tim Cheetham

We know that there are some brilliant primary and secondary schools in Barnsley who inspire pupils to achieve more than just great exam results. For our School of the Year award we want to look beyond the traditional measures of a great school – although achievement is important, this award will go to the school who inspires its pupils to be the best they can be. The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination. h Tell us something the school seems to be really good at. h Describe things the school does to welcome you and make you feel comfortable? How does the school listen to people’s views and ideas? h How does the school go that extra mile? Do they do something that you wouldn’t expect them to? h Has the school done something really special for you or someone you know? h What sort of things does the school do to be part of the local area or community? h What has the school done to help pupils reach their potential? h Tell us how this school inspires people and raises aspirations, regardless of exam results. Our winner will offer something extra to its pupils and will give parents, carers and guardians the added assurance that this school listens and truly meets the emotional and intellectual needs of their child.

G. M.

Sponsors of Proud of BARNSLEY

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Perrys Motor Sales Limited Address: Claycliffe Road, Barugh Green, Barnsley S75 1LR Telephone: 01226 776100 Web: www.perrys.co.uk

Perrys has been located in Barnsley for over ten years, selling a wide variety of vehicles and running very successful service and parts departments.

vehicles from only £995.

Its Claycliffe Road branch, situated in Barugh Green, is home to three major franchises – Vauxhall, Citroën and Mazda – selling all the latest models.

Most of its employees live in and around Barnsley and the branch gives back to the community by taking part in local annual shows and holding its own events and open days throughout the year, welcoming customers and locals for fun, food and fantastic savings.

In addition, Perrys, which is the only award winning Motability dealership in Barnsley, sells a wide variety of quality, used cars and has a trade centre with

They take great pride in supporting local charities including Barnsley Hospice and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

In a winner we would like to see someone who is keen to succeed, extremely driven and has worked tremendously hard to achieve their goals. Alan Greenwood

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General Manager

A recent fundraising campaign by the entire Perrys Group saw the Barnsley site host a launch night to kick-off a special charity eBay auction which included the sale of a 1970’s Vauxhall Viva as well as many other fantastic items. This auction along with raffles, events and other fundraising efforts held by individual Perrys dealerships raised over £10,000 for Bluebell Wood – a worthwhile and humbling cause. Alan Greenwood, general manager of Perrys, Barugh Green, says the motor sales group wanted to be part of the Proud of Barnsley awards for a third year as the company believes in rewarding and recognising special people within local communities. “We are really proud to be part of the Barnsley community,” says Alan. “Without it we wouldn’t be in the position we are today as we very much rely on business from the people of Barnsley, and strive to provide a service to keep our customers coming back time and time again.”

“We chose to support the sporting achievement category as sport in all ages is something we believe in as it brings people together.” “We have strong ties with sport in the community, currently sponsoring Hickleton Golf Club’s resident PGA Golf Professional, Sam Law. We previously sponsored Barnsley FC for seven seasons and have also supported local BPL sports centres.”


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Sporting Achievement Young tumbling gymnast Eleanor Simpson has dominated her sport in both domestic competitions and on the world stage. She won the British Championships in consecutive years and has just found out she will compete in the European Championships in Portugal in a few months. Last year she won a gold medal in every major competition she entered. But she was still humbled to win a Proud of Barnsley award. “I never thought I would win - gymnastics is not a big sport and I thought someone else would get the award.” At the time of the ceremony, Eleanor was away at a competition and her award was collected by her mother Kirstie McEnhill. Eleanor said Kirstie had enjoyed the evening and was shocked when her name was called out. Collecting Eleanor’s award, Kirstie said: “It’s nothing less than she deserves.” Eleanor has done gymnastics since she was a youngster and trains five times a week at the Wakefield Gym Club. She also raises funds for her sport and gives talks in schools on behalf of British Gymnasts. Eleanor said it was important to encourage people to nominate saying: “I think it helps people to push themselves in what they do.”

I’ve always been proud to come from Barnsley. It’s my hometown club and I’ll be a Barnsley lad – and a Red – until the day I die. Nothing can change that. Darren Gough

Former England and Yorkshire Cricketer

” Last year’s winner Eleanor Simpson

We are looking for Barnsley’s outstanding sports personalities who have shown nothing but dedication in their field. The winner could be a household name who has put Barnsley on the map or someone relatively unknown who has achieved exceptional sporting feats. They may be a great coach or a competitor, a sportsman or woman who has achieved great things in their chosen field, someone who has inspired others to excel or a club official who is a positive role model for their club and sport. The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination. h Someone who dedicates their own time to coaching or organising sporting events. h Someone who demonstrates positive action to benefit the local community. h Someone who encourages and supports their club or volunteers their time. h Someone whose positive manner, enthusiasm and willingness for their role encourages and inspires others. We know that Barnsley is a hub of famous sporting talent, but why not nominate the unsung heroes in our borough? This category is open to anyone connected with sport in Barnsley.

G. M.

Sponsors of Proud of BARNSLEY

WILSON SOLICITORS LIMITED

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People’s Sport in Barnsley Telephone: 01226 204409 Web: www.peoples-sport.com

People’s Sport in Barnsley is an exciting new project which aims to tell the story of the many thousands of people who have participated in sport in Barnsley over the years. The project is focused particularly on Shaw Lane, which has been a centre for amateur sport since its completion in 1864 and has proven a popular venue for cricket, rugby, football, tennis, athletics, squash and several other sports.

The project’s aims are to establish a collection of memories and artefacts which can be used to preserve the sporting history of the site. A website, www.peoples-sport.com, has already been launched and further memories, images and stories will be posted online. Patrons for the organisation are MPs Dan Jarvis, Michael Dugher and Angela Smith, while Reds footballer Bobby Hassell and

We’re privileged to sponsor the sports team category in the Proud of Barnsley awards. It means that as well as celebrating the great sporting history of this town, we can also honour what is happening in today’s generation. Dave Clayton

Project Co-ordinator

retired cricket umpire Dickie Bird are ambassadors. Co-ordinator Dave Clayton said: “It’s an exciting project, and what’s particularly amazing is how much we’re discovering each week as we delve into the archives. “There are so many people who have participated in sport in Barnsley and we want to celebrate that and record it in history. “We’re privileged to sponsor the sports team category in the Proud of Barnsley awards. It means that as well as celebrating the great sporting history of this town, we can also honour what is happening in today’s generation.” People’s Sport in Barnsley has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and work in close co-operation with Experience Barnsley.

Tell your story, volunteer or donate… People’s Sport in Barnsley is an exciting new project which aims to tell the story of ordinary and extraordinary people who have participated in sport in Barnsley. The project is focussed particularly on Shaw Lane, which has been a centre for amateur sport since its completion in 1864. The project’s aims are to establish a collection of memories and artefacts which can be used to preserve the sporting history of the site. People’s Sport in Barnsley involves young people and families in telling the story of “our own sporting heroes”, to preserve and enhance the town’s sporting heritage for generations to come. We are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and work in close cooperation with Experience Barnsley, the town’s award-winning museum and visitor attraction.

Visit our website at www.peoples-sport.com or for more information on how you can help contact us on 01226 204409

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Sports Team of the Year Barnsley Junior Table Tennis Club has achieved significant success in the Sheffield Junior League, walking away with several divisions over the last few seasons. Aged 16 and under, the squad has risen to the top of the league against teams from Sheffield and South Yorkshire areas. Matches are played at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield and players have been complimented on several occasions by officials and spectators for their professionalism, dedication and sportsmanship. Ian Denton, who accepted last year’s award on behalf of the club, said: “To start with, we weren’t quite sure what we had been nominated for or why. I really didn’t think we would win when you look at who we were up against, you never think you stand a chance of winning. “But we were absolutely delighted. It’s not only for myself, but for the others who put a lot of hard work in. The kids were really pleased.” Membership has risen from about ten to 30, and Ian believes this may be down to winning the award. “Barnsley gets some negative publicity, so it’s nice to see there are some positives too. It’s hard to get some kids off their bums and doing something instead of hanging around on the streets, so it’s nice for our input to be recognised.”

What stands out about Barnsley to me is the sporting achievement. For such a small town, we have produced so many great athletes. I travel the world in my own sport and meet lots of people and I’m proud to come from Barnsley. Jenna Downing

World champion inline skater

Barnsley Junior Table Tennis Club Ian Denton

For this award we want to hear about local clubs or teams who have achieved dazzling sporting success. This could be at local, regional or national level, or it could be that this team has advanced the development of their sport within their local community. The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help with you with your nomination. h Does this club/team demonstrate fair play and a good sporting attitude throughout the year? h Have they made an impact on or contribution to the development of sport in the community? h Do they encourage people to participate and improve their skills? h Are they a role model for other clubs/teams? h What sets this club/team apart from others? h Have they achieved success against all odds? The winners of this award will have shown considerable dedication to their sport, the local community and the development of their team or club.

G. M.

Sponsors of Proud of BARNSLEY

WILSON SOLICITORS LIMITED

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Haywood & Padgett Address: The Bakery, Shawfield Road, Carlton Industrial Estate, Carlton, Barnsley S71 3HS Telephone: 01226 770011 Web: www.haywood-padgett.co.uk

Wayne Padgett, managing director of Haywood and Padgett Ltd chose to sponsor the new business category because almost 30 years ago he and his business partner at the time became a ‘start up’ business. In 1987 when located in Wombwell they borrowed £5,000 from the Yorkshire Bank to enable them to bake and cut scones by hand and supply the local market traders.

Now in 2014 Wayne and his family are involved in continually developing the business. Wayne’s eldest daughter Rebecca can be found at the bakery seven days a week, learning the ropes and working alongside her dad. Some of the successes of the business are that Haywood and Padgett Ltd now supplies most major supermarkets with scones and over the last two years have developed

Me and my wife Michelle, who is also a director of the company, were both born in Barnsley and have spent all of our lives working in Barnsley and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. Wayne Padgett

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Managing Director

business in Australia in a major food chain and in Japan in Karaoke bars. Wayne is currently aiming to gain business in China. Last year Bridget Pearson of Your Bridge to China accompanied Wayne and Rebecca to the International Food Trade Fare in Guagzhoo to support growth in the Chinese Market. Bridget is in China building relationships with key contacts to promote Haywood and Padgett products. For the past 2 years they have been finalists in the National Food Awards, (the Oscars of the food industry), which is a great achievement. They have also just been given a silver award by BMBC Public Health and the NHS for the way in which they care for their staff. Wayne said: “Whilst the business is a success story for Barnsley we are always developing new ideas to keep us in the market. Last year we launched a new range called Becky’s Bakery and have created some exciting

new flavours and fruit combinations which are ready to promote this year. “Our latest development is a long-life product that is stirring up interest from buyers. “Haywood and Padgett Ltd is delighted to be sponsoring the Proud of Barnsley Awards for the third year running. I believe it is important to encourage start-up businesses to help sustain growth and development for the town, offering continued employment for Barnsley people.”


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Start Up of the Year Lots of people dream of setting up a business and working for themselves. But becoming self-employed is a big step for anyone leaving paid employment said Owen Gleadall, president of the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce. Do you know someone who has taken the plunge? Nominate them for a Proud of Barnsley award today! Owen said according to the current government, the economic future of the country lies in the hands of small and medium enterprises. He said this suggests small companies are the future and two issues needed to be addressed - to develop existing SMEs with high growth potential and to create an environment which encourages new entrepreneurs to be prepared to turn their ideas into businesses, creating wealth and employment for themselves and their community. There are a number of schemes supporting new businesses from those leaving long term employment to those who have been harbouring an idea for years and never done anything about it. Owen added: “The New Business Start-Up Award, offered as part of the Proud of Barnsley Awards, seeks to recognise those local businesses who have achieved exactly that objective. What it seeks to ensure is there is sufficient incentive and recognition for anyone who has taken this first step.”

“ You know exactly where you stand with Barnsley folk. They will always tell you the truth… That’s priceless. Katherine Kelly

Award-winning TV star

” Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce Owen Gleadall

Calling all forward thinking entrepreneurs, if you’ve watched your business idea turn into a business reality we want you to nominate yourself for our Start Up of the Year award to recognise your success. This award is aimed at start up businesses where their owners have displayed talent, creativity and the skills to be a real business star of the future. The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination. h Track record of entrepreneurial achievement (not necessarily financial) within a current business. h Evidence of building a scalable business or brand. h Innovation in your technology, product, service or sector. h Personal ambition and vision. h Positive personal leadership of the business and workforce. If this sounds like you or someone you know, why not nominate them for this award.

G. M.

Sponsors of Proud of BARNSLEY

WILSON SOLICITORS LIMITED

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Northern College Address: Wentworth Castle, Stainborough, Barnsley S75 3ET Telephone: 01226 776000 Web: www.northern.ac.uk

Northern College is one of just four adult residential colleges in England and we draw students from all over the country to come to study in Barnsley. They are often amazed at the beauty of the college and the surrounding countryside as well as by the friendliness of local people - something else Barnsley can be proud of. Northern College is keen to support the Proud of Barnsley Awards to help put both the town and the college on the map. The college feels it is an important

part of this vibrant town and makes sure it does its bit to get Barnsley more recognition. People come to the college from many different backgrounds. Men and women of all ages, from 19 to over 70, often with families and dependants, some single parents accompanied by young or school-age children, many familiar with unemployment or part-time, low paid jobs. But what they nearly all have in common is their determination to secure education, qualifications and opportunities they have been previously denied. Some come to the college for short three day

In the winner of this award we see someone who has succeeded against all odds and exceeded their own expectations. Jill Westerman CBE

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courses, some live at the college for nine months. Principal, Jill Westerman CBE, said: “We are proud of where we are and what we do and this helps us to provide a supportive environment for our students. “We chose the Triumph Over Adversity award as for many of our students it epitomises their learning journey. “Every day at the Northern College I see the persistence of Barnsley people who are succeeding against the odds and last year I had the privilege of meeting the finalists for the Triumph Over Adversity award and hearing their stories. “I was very proud that the Northern College was able to sponsor this award for the second year.”


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Triumph Over Adversity Kevin Hattersley beat four bouts of cancer to return to his duties as a postman - a job he has loved for 24 years. Whilst fighting the disease, he took minimal sick days, returning to work after his third set of treatment and opting for his full round instead of duties in the sorting office. Kevin, 48, was nominated by a nurse at his local GP who described him as a 'quiet, unassuming typical Yorkshireman' who was uncomplaining in times of great adversity. He said winning the award for Triumph Over Adversity 'lifted him', though he was caught by surprise when he was announced as winner. He said: "I was really surprised and shocked. I didn't think I would win because I always think there is someone who is worse off than me, even when I was going through treatment. My family and I really enjoyed the awards night. I think it's a good thing to nominate people, it gives you a lift." He said people seemed to recognise him when he's out doing his rounds, adding: "I love just meeting people and providing a service. People's heads have definitely been turning since I won." Kevin is now in remission and has check-ups every six months. Kevin is one of many people who have overcome obstacles put in their way. Don't forget to nominate someone who you think deserves to be recognised.

There is a tremendous spirit in Barnsley, a tremendous fighting spirit and a tremendous community spirit. The people are quite different to anywhere else. They are people of true character. Joanne Harris

International best-selling novelist

” Last year’s winner Kevin Hattersley

This is always a popular category and proves just how many people in Barnsley have shown outstanding bravery in the face of illness, disability, adversity or have rebuilt their lives after a serious injury. Our winner may have committed a single heroic act, battled against adverse circumstances or made a remarkable come back from a life changing event. The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination. h What has your nominee done to overcome a personal difficulty? h Have they made a stand to improve their life or the lives of others? h Have they shown courage in overcoming a traumatic experience? Whatever the knock, this category recognises those people who have picked themselves back up and got on with things. If you know someone who fits the bill, nominate them for this award.

G. M.

Sponsors of Proud of BARNSLEY

WILSON SOLICITORS LIMITED

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University Campus Barnsley Address: Church Street, Barnsley S70 2AN Telephone: 01226 216165 Web: www.barnsley.ac.uk/ucb

When thinking about Higher Education, deciding which course to choose can be a little daunting but the wide range of options available at University Campus Barnsley (UCB) guarantees there’s something to suit everyone. UCB is located in Barnsley town centre in a refurbished historic building which houses excellent, industrystandard facilities. On offer are degrees and Higher National Certificates and

Diplomas (HNC/D) in subjects including Animal Management, Art and Design, Business and Management, Computing, Construction, Digital Film and Animation, Early Years, Engineering, Games Design, Graphic Design, Health and Social Care, Hospitality Management, Music, Production Arts, Sport, Teacher Training and Travel and Tourism Management. Courses are available full and part-time.

The Proud of Barnsley awards are an excellent way to mark the achievements of the wonderful people of the town and celebrate the unsung heroes who deserve recognition. Lorraine Copley

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Assistant Principal for Higher Education

All degree programmes are validated by the University of Huddersfield and the Higher National Certificate and Diploma programmes by Edexcel – great partnerships dedicated to delivering a quality experience for students. Studying at UCB is also great value for money as fees for full time degrees and Higher National Certificates and Diplomas are just £5,995 per year. Lorraine Copley, assistant principal for Higher Education, said: “University Campus Barnsley offers a great option for students who want to continue their education without moving away from the town. We are committed to giving our students the skills and support needed to go on to achieve great things. Our latest destination of leavers’ survey results show 92 per cent of our students went on to work or further study within six months of graduating which shows just how UCB can prepare you for the next step on your journey.

“We are very pleased to be supporting the Proud of Barnsley Awards once again and are looking forward to hearing the truly inspiring stories of the volunteers nominated in our category. Lots of our students get involved in volunteering during their time at UCB through our Student Union and course placements and we recognise the valuable contribution volunteers make to their communities.”


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Volunteer of the Year Last year’s winner Aubrey Martin-Wells said he was ‘an ordinary person’ who collected his award on behalf of all Royal British Legion volunteers. He and wife Anne organise the Festival of Remembrance which is attended by 400 people every November to remember our fallen heroes. He was nominated by Pastor Ian Newton, of the Church of the Nazarene, who said he was a hero in many ways. Aubrey, 85, who served in the RAF, said: “It was amazing. I just didn’t expect to win it, I didn’t think I was one of those people until I was nominated. “I’m just an ordinary person that gets things done and volunteers for things - I never thought of any awards.” Aubrey is the group chairman of the Legion in Barnsley, but has been involved with the group some 25 years. He is also the secretary, treasurer welfare officer and regional representative. As well as organising the Festival of Remembrance, he helps provide servicemen and their families with holiday breaks, essential items and the Legion can even help set them up in business if it is financially viable. “It’s something that is very important to me”, he said. Do you know someone who give up their time to volunteer for something close to their heart? Nominate them using the form at the back of the supplement.

Barnsley is a garden of budding talent and at last people aren’t laughing at the very idea that it can produce such wonderful artists and academics. Milly Johnson

Sunday Times best-selling author

” Last year’s winner Aubrey Martin-Wells

We all know someone who has selflessly devoted themselves to a cause not because they are paid, but because they believe in it. We want you to nominate these people for our Volunteer of the Year award and show them that we recognise their invaluable contribution to our community and value their good work. The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination. h Does your nominee volunteer for a local charity? h Do they run a kids football team or organise a neighbourhood watch scheme? h Are they a regular hospital visitor, dementia friend or on the board of school governors? So long as they are not paid a salary for the work that they do, you can enter them in this category.

G. M.

Sponsors of Proud of BARNSLEY

WILSON SOLICITORS LIMITED

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Barnsley College Address: Church Street, Barnsley S70 2YW Telephone: 01226 216216 Web: www.barnsley.ac.uk

With over 300 courses on offer and over 9,000 current students, each year Barnsley College is the chosen starting point for thousands of young people and adults across Barnsley and beyond.

study options taught by expert tutors in excellent facilities. The college also works with some of the region’s largest employers providing exciting career opportunities for apprentices.

From vocational courses to A Levels, part-time to apprenticeships, short courses to higher education, Barnsley College offers students a huge range of

The college offers a range of short courses including Business Administration, Bookkeeping, Team Leading, Leadership and Management, Hairdressing, Construction Trades, Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing, Sport

Barnsley’s community spirit makes it a great place to live, work and study and the Proud of Barnsley Awards really help to celebrate the fantastic things happening in our town, reminding us all to take pride in our successes. Colin Booth

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plus many more. Its short courses are perfect for people who are interested in retraining or returning to work, are thinking of progressing within their job roles or just want to try something new, fun and exciting. The Old Mill Lane campus on Church Street houses an array of fullyequipped classrooms, workshops, IT and learning resources. Many of the facilities, such as the kitchens used by catering students and the TV, radio and recording studios are industry standard. The college also boasts a working farm, dedicated Sixth Form College, Sports Academy, Theatre, Construction Centre and a new Engineering Centre offering excellent facilities. In August 2013 the college took over the running of the Higher Education provision at the University Campus Barnsley. Colin Booth, Barnsley College Principal, said: "Our students play a key role in the local community. Many of them take part in fundraising events for local charities and work with local

businesses. We understand what it takes for a young person to be determined and have the courage to go on to achieve their goals, which is why we chose to sponsor the Young Superstar award. “The Proud of Barnsley Awards helps us all to recognise and showcase the wonderful achievements of people in our town. We are pleased to be supporting the event for the third year running and look forward to honouring the winner of this year’s Young Superstar award.”


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Young Superstar Young superstar Shauna Hall has dedicated her life to the performing arts and worked hard to achieve her dreams. She trains five days a week at the Laine Theatre Arts training college in London, and has won a plethora of medals and trophies. Her Proud of Barnsley award stands proudly in her trophy cabinet. She said: “My mum nominated me, but she didn’t tell me until I had made the shortlist. It was a brilliant evening and I was really surprised when I won my award. It was so lovely to be recognised and know that people appreciate what I’m doing.” Shauna’s skills have seen her perform on Blue Peter, at the London Palladium and on tours around the UK with the National Youth Ballet and Northern Ballet. “It’s something I’m passionate about and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. There has never been a day where I haven’t enjoyed going dancing.” Last year, Shauna applied to four performing arts schools around London and was accepted to all four. She chose Laine Theatre Arts and her family continue to fundraise to pay the £50,000 fees. Don’t forget to nominate someone who you think is a Young Superstar using the form at the back of this booklet.

(age range 5-16)

It was a great privilege to play football for my hometown club. Barnsley is a town I love and I’m never ashamed to say I was born and bred there. Mick McCarthy Former Barnsley FC favourite and now manager at Ipswich Town FC.

Last year’s winner Shauna Hall

Our Young Superstar winner will have star quality and will be an inspiration to children and young people everywhere. This award recognises the many achievements of children and young people in our borough, aiming to challenge stereotypes and highlight the young role models who positively influence their peers. The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination. h Your nominee may have helped to save a life or shown or demonstrated tremendous courage. h They may have overcome a serious illness or helped care for a relative at home. h They may be involved in raising funds or awareness for a cause close to their hearts – it’s not just about the amount of money raised, it’s about determination and a passion for the cause. h We are also looking for nominees who have excelled in academia, the performing arts or sport. h The young person may have supported a green project or has demonstrated a keen awareness and need for sustainability and sensitivity in the way we impact on our environment. Whatever your young superstar has done to blaze a trail for others to follow, we want to hear about it.

G. M.

Sponsors of Proud of BARNSLEY

WILSON SOLICITORS LIMITED

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Dearne FM

Special Award

Web: www.dearnefm.co.uk

Dearne FM recently celebrated ten years as Barnsley’s local radio station, and is pleased to be supporting this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards. Celebrating all that is good in Barnsley, Penistone and the Dearne Valley is exactly what Dearne FM is all about.

Proud of Barnsley award categories. Tune in on 102 or 97.1 FM, online at dearnefm.co.uk or via the free Dearne FM mobile app. The station is sponsoring this year’s Special Award, previously won by Bobby Hassell and Katherine Kelly.

The station’s breakfast show, presented by Joe Sentance, is all about life right here, with a positive and upbeat feel.

Presenter, Joe Sentance, said: “We have so much to shout about in Barnsley, and that’s exactly what the Proud of Barnsley awards do.

In the coming weeks, Dearne FM will be speaking to a host of nominees across all the

“The last few years have been hard for everyone, but there are some amazing

The Special Award is about honouring someone who is just that – special: someone who has done something amazing for Barnsley, or really helped put the town on the map. Joe Sentance

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success stories in our town and that is something we need to celebrate. “That’s what my show and Dearne FM is all about - making a noise about the great stuff going off in Barnsley. I hate hearing people go on about the negatives or how rubbish things are. There really isn’t anywhere in the country as unique as this and presenting a Breakfast Show that is just for Barnsley is so rewarding. “The Special Award is about honouring someone who is just that – special: someone who has done something amazing for Barnsley, or really helped put the town on the map. “There are so many people who could win this award, sifting through the candidates to pick one will be quite a challenge.”


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Nomination form h Select the category for your nomination. h Read the criteria for your chosen category carefully and enter the information requested, together with a statement of no more than 500 words, saying why your nominee should be considered for the shortlist. h There are various ways to make a nomination: Post your entry to: Lynsey Bradford, Proud of Barnsley Awards 2014, 47 Church Street, Barnsley S70 2AS Visit our website at www.barnsley-chronicle.co.uk/ proudofbarnsley where you can either enter your nomination online or download the nomination form and post it to the above address. Alternatively, you can telephone or email Lynsey Bradford on 01226 734211, or lynsey.bradford@barnsley-chronicle.co.uk and a form will be posted out or emailed to you.

1. Which category are you entering? I I I I I I I

Carer of the Year Children’s Champion Exceptional Achievement School of the Year Sports Team of the Year Triumph Over Adversity

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The judging panel will assess each nomination based on the information you provide, so the more details you can include about the person or group you are nominating, the better. Please continue on a separate sheet if necessary and include any supporting information, such as photos, newspaper clippings or letters of support from people in the community. I confirm that I have asked the person/group named for permission to nominate them for an award, and I can confirm that they happy to be nominated. Name: ................................................................................................................................................................ Signed: .............................................................................................................................................................. Date: ....................................................................................................................................................................

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Charity Fundraiser of the Year Community Group

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Hospital Hero Award

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Young Superstar

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Rules for Entry: h Your entry must be received by the closing date of Monday 8th September, 2014. Entries received after this date will not be considered.

h If you wish to nominate in more than one category, separate forms must be submitted for each category. Additional application forms can be found at www.barnsley-chronicle.co.uk/ proudofbarnsley.

h Entries will be judged by a panel of reputable, independent and impartial adjudicators.

h The decision of the panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

h There will be three finalists in each category.

h Every shortlisted finalist will receive a free ticket to the Proud Of Barnsley award ceremony plus the option to buy one extra ticket at £25, with the exception of Sports Team of the Year finalists.

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h All Sports Team of the Year finalists will

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h Shortlisted finalists must be able to attend the Proud of Barnsley award ceremony on Friday 14th November, 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth.

h All shortlisted finalists must be able to participate in photo and video sessions in the run up to the award ceremony.

h Entries will not be returned.

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Carer of the Year  Charity Fundraiser of the Year  Children’s Champion 

Community Group  Exceptional Achievement 



Hospital Hero Award  School of the Year

Sporting Achievement  Sports Team of the Year 

Start-Up of the Year  Triumph over Adversity 

Volunteer of the Year



Young Superstar

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