Heart-wrenching stories of courage and bravery at the Pride of Britain Awards left the audience and viewers in tears.
Among those moved by the inspirational deeds of people helping people across the country were TSB’s own Local Charity Partners (TSB LCPs). Since 2015, TSB has empowered branches across the country to choose a local cause that matters to them, their customers and their communities. In the past two years our branches and sites have partnered with nearly 1,000 local causes (TSB LCPs).
Several of our LCPs were chosen to attend the ceremony, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane, where the guest list included Prince William, Theresa May and the cast of Strictly Come Dancing.
Hilary Brown, Project Leader at TSB LCP We R Here in Nottingham, attended the event with Chair of Trustees Janette Mullins (both pictured). We R Here offers support for families who are struggling. Speaking after the event, Hilary said: “What a truly inspirational evening it was. As the award winners’ stories were being told, there was a tangible sense of complete awe in the whole room.
“The atmosphere was filled with the emotion and the sheer sense of complete and utter respect and admiration which was being felt by everyone in the room.”
And TSB Community Partner Award winner Fraser Johnston made a huge impact on Hilary.
The 20-year-old Scottish student set up a cycling scheme in Falkirk where he and other volunteers take elderly people out of care homes for trishaw rides around the local area.
Hilary added: “It is so hard to find words which truly convey how I feel about the amazing Fraser Johnston, as they seem totally inadequate. This young man, at the age of 20, has already given back to the elderly members of his community more than most of us will do in a lifetime. What a difference he has made to their lives.”
Arlene Clark, is Founder of TSB LCP Brightest Star in Glasgow, which offers support to bereaved families. She went to the event with Trustee Paul Smith. Arlene said: “It was a real privilege to be invited as a Local Charity Partner and to be able to take part in the event with so many special people.”
Ruth Butcher, from TSB LCP Time2Share in Bristol agrees. The charity’s Trustee said: “The evening itself was just amazing. Walking down the red carpet was surreal and then being in the room with so many people we recognised before talking to some of the winners afterwards.” Time2Share supports disabled children, young people and their families.
Special Recognition Award winner Sarah Hope’s story really resonated with Hilary Brown, who came away inspired by her story. She says: “Sarah campaigned tirelessly for running blades to be made available for young people, funded by the NHS. When our organisation was formed we were told that we would not be able to get our service running and no one would want to fund the work we do.
“Six years on we have supported literally hundreds of people and seen our service users move on to lead healthier and happy lives.
“Seeing the courage and sheer determination that Sarah showed and the remarkable breakthrough which she has achieved encourages us to not only continue the work we do, but also to develop additional support which is currently not available for families.”
Noel Davies, Trustee of TSB LCP The Sparkle Appeal in Newport, adds: “We had such a brilliant time, it was an experience we will never forget.” The Sparkle Appeal is the Serennu Children’s Centre’s official main charity. The centre supports children and young people who have disabilities and developmental difficulties.
Hilary Brown concludes: “I believe anyone with an idea that they think will make a difference at a local level should do all that they can to make that vision come to life.
“Take every opportunity to connect with those people who want to support your ambition to make a positive contribution to their local community.”