Blogger, Bex Ward, took time out of writing her own blog – The Owlet – to attend the Stars of The Stokes Awards. Here’s her write up of a fantastic night…
The Stars of the Stokes is a chance to recognise residents in the local area who do incredible things; and this year was no exception with some real tear-jerking stories.
The evening started with drinks and a chance to chat to everyone, before sitting down to dinner. The awards have been held at the Hilton in North Bradley Stoke for the last two years – it’s perfect for the awards because it’s so glitzy. When you walk into the room, it’s like walking into an old Hollywood Film. And yes, I did pose on the red carpet outside! After dinner, we sat down to listen to the awards
There were more than 100 entries across eight categories, which just goes to show what an incredible community we have in Bradley Stoke. The categories recognised star teachers, amazing pre school carers, achievements against the odds, young heroes, champion carers, parent/guardian in a million, unsung heroes, and incredible coaches. My teacher from when I was at Baileys Court was actually recognised in the star teacher award category!
All of the stories of what some of our residents had done were amazing, but my personal favourite stretches across two categories. Bailey Cooper won the Achievement Against the Odds award, having battled severe illness, all with a smile on his face. What made this even better is when his mum, Rachel Hollyman, was recognised in the the Parent/Guardian in a Million award, having looked after Bailey.
After the awards were presented it was time to let off some steam and enjoy ourselves on the dancefloor. You know the phrase “Work hard, play hard”? Well this seemed to be especially relevant over the course of the evening. There were some VERY questionable shapes thrown, but everyone had a great time – including me, mum, dad and the Bradley Stoke Radio crew. Although I’m sure it’s not a regular occurrence for the mayor of Bradley Stoke to get on the dance floor singing Neil Diamond songs.
Well done to everyone who was nominated, and everyone who received an award. We’ve got an incredible community in Bradley Stoke that all help and support each other so it’s great to be able to take time to recognise these people and the hard work they do.