Pictures: North Devon’s amazing Inspiring People award winners revealed
PUBLISHED: 21:00 17 March 2017
Inspirational finalists are honoured at the NDADA Inspiring People Awards 2017
Inspiring People Awards 2017
Inspiring environmentalist: Martin Dorey. Picture: Guy Harrop.
Inspiring person over 70: John Howell. Picture: Guy Harrop.
Inspiring sports person: Peggy Crome. Picture: Guy Harrop.
Inspiring in the arts: Bill Buffery and Gill Nathanson. Picture: Guy Harrop
Inspiring community work: Lisa Wallis. Picture: Guy Harrop.
Inspiring person under 21: Liv Bennett. Picture: Guy Harrop.
A magnificent seven inspirational people were honoured at a special event in Barnstaple this evening (Friday).
The 2017 Inspiring People Awards were held at Boston Tea Party to celebrate those who play a motivating and inspiring part in the community.
The awards were hosted by North Devon Against Domestic Violence’s (NDADA) and saw the winners drawn from a shortlist after almost 100 nominations were submitted.
The winners included a surf life saver, septenarian triathlete, a fundraising GP and a charity hero.
Here’s the full list of tonight’s amazing winners:
Inspiring in the arts: Bill Buffery and Gill Nathanson
Bill and Gill are the Multi Story Theatre Company. They set up Barnstaple’s Fringe TheatreFest after taking part in Canadian Fringe festivals. Award sponsored by the White Moose gallery
Inspiring person under 21: Liv Bennett
Liv is a keen surfer. She has been a member of Croyde Surf Life Saving Club for 11 years, been coaching at Women on Waves since age 14 and volunteers at the charity Wave Project.
Award sponsored by Blue Fizz Events
Inspiring sports person: Peggy Crome
Peggy is 73-years-old, but took up jogging to help quit smoking and now competes in triathlons, has represented GB in the Age Group team, has won multiple medals at world and European level. She also cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats last August.
Award sponsored by Rosie Bracher solicitors
Inspiring person over 70: John Howell
John is a GP, he served in the RAF around the world (is a qualified pilot) and played hockey at county level. Two years ago he abseiled down St Augustine’s church tower in Heanton Punchardon in aid of the Seamoor chemotherapy unit.
Award sponsored by Brewer Harding & Rowe solicitors
Inspiring environmentalist: Martin Dorey
Martin started the Two Minute Beach Clean initiative with Tab Parry in 2013, using #2minutebeachclean it has gone worldwide with 220 special beach clean boards around the UK and Ireland.
Award sponsored by Salt Media
Inspiring community work: Lisa Wallis
Lisa started the charity Chemo Hero after being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and the charity sees boxes of lovely treats given to people starting chemotherapy
Award sponsored by Petroc
Pictures by Guy Harrop