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Riverside Inverclyde Nominated For Greenock Telegraph Community Champion Award

Riverside Inverclyde has been announced as a finalist at the Greenock Telegraph's upcoming Community Champion Awards on 17 May 2019.

Following a successful 2018 for the regeneration specialists, Ri has been recognised in the Business Champion of the Year category, alongside Compassionate Inverclyde, Kip Marina and Pointe Perfect Dance School.

A special award has also been created in memory of the little girl whose brave battle with neuroblastoma touched the hearts of everyone in Inverclyde. Rosie Veronica Mitchell will be honoured at the Greenock Telegraph's upcoming Community Champion Awards on May 17 through a newly-created memorial award.

The honour, which will become part of the annual event which showcases the extraordinary efforts of ordinary people, will be given each year to a local person who has displayed outstanding courage or bravery.

Telegraph editor Brian Hossack explained:

"Rosie's story affected everyone locally, and she was such a courageous child who always had a smile for everyone despite what she was going through.

"Rarely has the paper ever witnessed such a community effort to fundraise for a cause as we did for Rosie.

"The paper highlighted the drive to help raise the money to send her for specialist treatment, and we felt we wanted to do something special to honour Rosie's memory.

"She touched so many people, and we hope that by creating this award we are doing our little bit to help her memory live on."

Rosie's parents Donna-Louise and Ross will attend on the night to present the trophy to the winner.

Donna-Louise said:

"As a family, we are very touched the Telegraph has decided to do this for Rosie."

The Rosie Veronica Mitchell Memorial Award will be one of 11 given on the night as the Greenock Telegraph celebrates charity champions, selfless volunteers and the kindness of people across Inverclyde.

Above: The finalists and winners were chosen at a recent judging session, hosted by sponsors Amazon at their Gourock depot.

Mr Hossack added:

"This is the third year of the awards, and we had a record number of nominations. We had a challenging job choosing our finalists let alone our winners.

"It is an evening that I am very much looking forward too as we enjoy nothing more than celebrating everything good about Inverclyde."

The event sponsors are also excited about the finals. Gavin Morrison, general manager at Amazon in Gourock, said:

“Supporting the local community is very important to us, and we are thrilled to once more sponsor the community champion category at the Greenock Community Champion Awards 2019.

“I was honoured to be part of the judging panel. The entries were humbling to read, and I would like to congratulate all the worthy finalists.

"In Inverclyde, we have so many amazing people who work tirelessly and go above and beyond to help others in their community.“

Eddie Hawthorne, Arnold Clark chief executive and group managing director, said:

"I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to all of the amazing entrants and all awards finalists for the Heart of Gold category."

Peter Clark, manager of Greenock's Oak Mall shopping centre, said:

"Once again Oak Mall is delighted to sponsor the youth community champion category at this year’s awards.

"There are no losers in this category, and they are all winners that have displayed a passion for contributing to their communities.

"The nominees have given of their time to support others who have had challenges in their lives, they have raised funds for various charities, and they have done all this with infectious enthusiasm. Well done to all the nominees."

Alison Dickson, General Manager at Balclutha Care Home, who sponsor the senior champ category, said:

"Congratulations to all the finalists for the senior community champion category from all of us at Balclutha Court Care Home. We are looking forward to a fabulous night celebrating everyone’s achievements.”

The Greenock Telegraph Community Champions Awards sponsors are Amazon, Arnold Clark, Balclutha Court Care Home, Inverclyde Council, Oak Mall Shopping Centre, Protec Plumbing & Heating and Platinum Paving.

Above: Rosie Mitchell with mum, Donna-Louise Hurrell

Greenock Telegraph Community Champion Awards - 2019 finalists:

Senior Community Champion

  • Bartholomew Dundas
  • Alex Murphy
  • Alastair Liddell
  • Sandra McColl
  • Mrs Irene Pollard
  • Mrs Margaret (Pearl) Simpson

Youth Community Champion

  • Clydeview's Senior Phase Group
  • Jordan Gemmell
  • Proud2Care
  • St Stephen’s High Students

Community Champion of the Year

  • Compassionate Inverclyde
  • Jayden’s Rainbow
  • Laura Percival Graham
  • Leah Canning
  • Michelle McIlroy
  • Prison Visiting Group

Heart of Gold

  • Taylor Barnes
  • Isabel Docherty
  • Nicole Gunn
  • Maureen McKurk
  • Sheila Murphy
  • Kathleen Orr

Charity Champion of the Year

  • Anna Hemphill
  • Jayden’s Rainbow
  • Molly Cuddihy
  • Reach for Autism
  • Taylor Kitchen

Sporting Champion of the Year 

  • Danny Lee - Greenock Boxing Club
  • George Giffnoy - Inverkip Primary Athletics Team
  • Rhys McCole
  • Parkrun

Business Champion of the Year

  • Kip Marina
  • Riverside Inverclyde
  • Compassionate Inverclyde
  • Pointe Perfect Dance School

Teacher of the Year

  • Ms Julie Ballantyne
  • Denise Crawford
  • Lauren Hair of Pointe Perfect Dance School
  • Karen Morgan

Little Champion of the Year

  • Rhys Cuthbertson
  • Rebecca Collings
  • Jessica Glover
  • Cassie Murphy
  • Poppy Shaw

Live Music Award

  • Black&Becca
  • Black Dove
  • Clydeside Singers
  • Jack Vize
  • The Urban Folkers

Published: 30 April 2019