2021 Echo Awards winners honored in sparkling ceremony
Some of the brightest and best community champions from across Merseyside honored at the 2021 ECHO Awards
After a year that has separated us physically but brought our communities together, there was no better way to celebrate the pride of our region than with the glittering awards night at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool.
On the evening of September 17, 13 individuals and five organizations received their new prestigious titles and awards as a thank you for their commendable contributions to the community.
A fair reward for all the finalists, the evening was dedicated to the hard work, courage and selflessness of all the finalists.
Actor Jessica Fox and TV personality Craig Phillips kept the evening going with their wit and charm, and everyone got to enjoy the electrifying entertainment from local band The Mersey Boys.
ECHO Editor-in-Chief Maria Breslin said: ” We have been very proud, for many years, to host these awards celebrating the Liverpool City region and its truly remarkable people.
“It was once again wonderful to be able to honor so many people who make Merseyside so special.
“Every day we report for the bravery, compassion and kindness shown by people across the region and I never fail to be touched by the selfless men, women and children who dedicate their lives to helping those most in need or overcoming obstacles to succeed through thick and thin. “
This year’s event was sponsored by SP Energy Networks and a sponsored partner of The Forshaw Group, both also award category sponsors. Throughout the evening, alongside the hosts and other category sponsors, they helped present the 12 prizes to the well-deserved winners.
Find out who won the 2021 Echo Awards below …
The winners of the Echo Awards 2021 are:
Arts & Performance Award
Winner:Dramatic recovery uses theater as a promotional tool raising awareness of mental health and providing support to people in difficulty.
Finalists:Fresh manna,Litherland High Performing Arts
Child of Courage Award
Sponsored by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Isabelle Usher was born with cystic fibrosis but never complains, regularly attending local classes to show off her amazing dancing skills.
Patrick moore was born various bone and muscle problems, but didn’t let anything hold him back, regularly raising funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Summer tennant fought her battle with leukemia in 2019 and inspired the local community by never complaining or giving up.
Tilly-Mae Hunking collects essentials from others and bakes her own cakes each week to give to the city’s homeless community.
Charity organization of the year
Sponsored by Antrec, Learning Curve Group
Winner: Neo Communityworks directly with the local community, identifies the need, drives engagement forward and organizes community-led change. Thisdistributed more than 130,000 baskets and activity kits during the pandemic.
Finalists: Liverpool Six Community Association, Wirral Wings
Community group award
Sponsored by SP Energy Networks
Winner: Liverpool Six Community Association immediately helped the elderly, vulnerable and young when the pandemic struck. Over 83,000 cases of support were provided, including food, activity and relief kits.
Finalists: Sean’s Place, St Andrew’s Community Network
Covid Hero Award
Sponsored by Funeral Directors Debbie Bennett
Winner: Claire Rigby rushed to the help of the old man after discovering that he did not have a kitchen at his home. In addition to providing vital companionship, she rallied the community to make sure he wouldn’t go hungry.
Finalists: Liverpool Six Community Association, Whiston Hospital
Community event of the year
Sponsored by The Forshaw Group.
Winner: Party L11 brought residents of Ellergreen and Norris Green together through a new community garden, chess and literacy festivals, and an online writing and reading group over the summer.
Fundraiser of the Year
Winner: Eddie Hinck has been part of the Liverpool Children’s Cancer Support Group for 30 years, working tirelessly and dedicating their time to fundraising.
Finalists: Ray Evans, Anne Kelly
Sports Excellence Award
Winner: Gail Rickett , “The water whisperer” transformed lives by teaching people of all skill levels to swim, using a mix of years of experience and behavioral science.
Exceptional act of bravery
Sponsored by InYourArea
Winners: Emma and Gina Gleeson courageously renounced the right to anonymity after Trevor Gleeson was jailed for a catalog of abuse against them. Their courage inspires others to come forward and seek justice.
Finalists: Mandy Hodgson, Ellie Hughes and Khloe Woods
Young personality of the year
Sponsored by Everkool
Ellie-Louise Braithwaite dedicated her time in confinement to helping others: fundraising and donations, packing food baskets, and creating the “Explore Greasby Village” page.
Ryan and Alesha Davies have tirelessly campaigned and fundraised to raise awareness about water deaths following the death of their older sister.
Echo Award for Outstanding Achievement
Winner: Lee butler works tirelessly to help people break free from addiction, by raising money for charity and promoting awareness. Mentor and always ready to help, his focus group provides essential support and advice.
Finalists: Caring Connections, Brian Lightbody
Special recognition award
Winner: The Oliver King Foundation exists in memory of Oliver King who tragically passed away after suffering sudden cardiac arrest. He is determined that every school in the UK will have access to a life-saving defibrillator, having already saved more than 47 lives by placing more than 4,500 defibrillators across the country and training over 70,000 staff.
- The Liverpool Echo would like to thank all of the incredible nominees, finalists and winners for sharing their inspiring stories. She also thanks everyone involved in the event for their support.