Each Community Hero won a pair of tickets to the capacity concert. MKM, which is a major partner of Hull 2017 celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2016, put the concert together as a way of thanking the people of Hull for their support and custom. Proceeds will go to Hull charities The Daisy Appeal and Holy Trinity Church.
Nominations flooded in via a special website which allowed people to share inspirational stories about members of the community that go above and beyond to help friends, colleagues and the areas in which they live.
There were a huge number of incredible stories from people setting up charities, overcoming their own obstacles and putting experience to good use assisting others as well as lots of good old fashioned time donation to great causes. Representatives from Hull 2017 and MKM came together to form a Community Heroes judging panel and were tasked with the difficult job of selecting the ten winners.
Among the lucky ones was Alison Young (whose nomination gave special mention to daughter Lexi). Alison and Lexi run The Vintage Café, a community focused business, through which they give back in as many ways as possible to a variety of causes. Over the last five years, The Vintage Café has encouraged customers to collecting in excess of 1500 bags of goods for the homeless. They also raise funds for the Royal British Legion and local causes such as Hull Animal Welfare and the William Booth House Hostel. Both Alison and Lexi champion supporting other local businesses and have created a vibrant hub for their community to enjoy.
All winners have demonstrated an incredible sense of civic and community pride, selflessly giving up their time and resources to deliver benefits to others.
David Kilburn, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of MKM said: “Selecting just ten of the nominations was extremely challenging. We have a city full of incredible, passionate people, committed to giving back to others. It has been a real pleasure reading these inspirational stories and we are delighted to have celebrated some of these incredible people with tickets to our anniversary Rod Stewart concert, which did not disappoint.”
Alison Young from The Vintage Café, said: “We work hard within the community and help in any way we can. We work with up to five Hull crisis charities through a permanent food drop in box, host a monthly friendship group for lonely people, and hold craft groups and craft fairs. We do this because we believe you cannot change the world, but you can change your corner of it.”
Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, added: “Congratulations to everyone that won. Hull 2017 is about inspiring people and we are delighted to have worked with our major partner MKM to identify some of this great city’s Community Heroes.”
The winners are: Hilary Skelton, Paul Matson, Charlene Kent, Ian Hepworth, Aaron Howlett, Karl Skerrett, Dean Hoggard, Debbie Peacock, Alison Young and Claire Doyle