Celebrating your health heroes

Those who truly understand the meaning of care were honoured at The Gazette's annual Best Of Health Awards.

Friday, 29th September 2017, 1:58 pm
Updated Friday, 29th September 2017, 5:21 pm
June and Jodie Powell, and Julie Crudge

The awards scheme, now in their seventh year, aim to recognise excellence, dedication and innovation in health professionals, but also to honour those who care in the voluntary sector.

The awards – sponsored by Synergy Dental Clinic – took place in the Washington Suite, in the Imperial Hotel, on North Promenade.

Guests enjoyed a sparkling drinks reception, three-course meal and the winners in the 11 categories were presented with their trophies and certificates during a glittering ceremony.

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Nikki Brown, Toni Shaw, Helena Mottashed, Janet Tippett, Melanie Kearns and Lois Taaffe

Gazette readers and members of the public had nominated their health heroes, telling us amazing stories of dedication and professionalism.

The awards went to those the judges felt made a real difference for their patients and the local community.

Among the winners were volunteers from N-Vision Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Royal Society for the Blind, a GP from Thornton, a hospital midwife and singer Anne Nolan – who received a special recognition awards for her work with charities including Cancer Research UK and the Alzheimer’s Society.

The Washington Suite
Shelley French, James Hrper and Karen Seal
Lisa Malihi-Shoja, Angela Melling and Lou Rawcliffe
John and Caroline MacPhee, Jane Green, Jim MacDiarmid, Jim and Judy Kay, Elaine and Pete Blundell
Abdul Deiraniya, Hanadi Sari-Kouzel, Nidal Bittar, Anne and Stuart Rampley
Laura and Adam Simpson, James and Dorothy Douglas
Nikki Brown, Toni Shaw, Helena Mottashed, Janet Tippett, Melanie Kearns and Lois Taaffe
The Washington Suite
Shelley French, James Hrper and Karen Seal
Lisa Malihi-Shoja, Angela Melling and Lou Rawcliffe
John and Caroline MacPhee, Jane Green, Jim MacDiarmid, Jim and Judy Kay, Elaine and Pete Blundell
Abdul Deiraniya, Hanadi Sari-Kouzel, Nidal Bittar, Anne and Stuart Rampley
Laura and Adam Simpson, James and Dorothy Douglas