Our Town awards

The last 12 months have tested all of us, but our community spirit has been unwavering. We’ve witnessed extraordinary acts of kindness from people all over the borough, from those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic to a friendly neighbour checking in on vulnerable residents.

There are lots of heroes in Wigan Borough and we want to celebrate them. On Thursday 3rd June 2021 hosted the first ever Our Town awards ceremony. Here are the results.

Award categories

Neighbourhood Hero

From bringing in your bin unprompted, tidying up your garden or popping to the shops. This is the category for that generous, friendly neighbour who always goes out of their way to help people.

  • Winner – Jes and Sam Rusling
  • 1st runner-up – Freida Holding
  • 2nd runner-up – Brenda Causey.

Community Hero

Do you know someone who rolls up their sleeves and takes the initiative to bring your local community together? They might organise the troops to put on a special event, or co-ordinate getting donations to those who need them most in the local area.

  • Winner – Kieran Jones
  • 1st runner-up – Becca Shaw
  • 2nd runner-up – Mavis Grundy.

Environmental Hero

We all know we should do something to be good to our environment, but there are a few special individuals who make the effort to create a better place to live for everyone. They might organise a litter pick or spend time creating a special green space for the whole community to enjoy.

  • Winner – Mark Whittaker
  • 1st runner-up – Rachel Heydon
  • 2nd runner-up – Mandy Neale.

COVID-19 Superheroes

The last few months have been a testing time for all of us, but there are a few extra special people in our communities who have risen to the challenge and stepped up to help out others before themselves.

  • Winner - Jessica Holt
  • 1st runner-up - Sue Metcalf
  • 2nd runner-up – Catherine Roberts.

Extraordinary Acts of Kindness

This category is for those extra special stars who selflessly put others before themselves to really make a positive difference to someone’s life. 

  • Winner – Ruth Connor
  • 1st runner-up – Olive Jones
  • 2nd runner-up – Kathleen Haslam.
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