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Monday, 21 October 2013
The heroes of Bolton and Bury were crowned at the 2013 Tower FM Awards in association with Tesco, and Bolton School were proud to sponsor the Young Achiever Award.
The 11th awards, were hosted by Jon and Vix from Tower FM’s breakfast show and entertainment for the night was provided by former X Factor contestant Joseph Whelan. Local businesses and sports personalities attended the prestigious black tie ceremony.
The winner of the Young Achiever award was Monty Lord, a seven-year-old boy who has already written his first book, Freaky School – which became a best seller on Amazon! Monty wrote the book during his summer holiday break having come up with the concept with school friend Isabella Scarlet. He was thrilled when his book was published as an ebook and even more so when it went from strength to strength seeing off strong competition from other popular children’s authors including Michael Morpurgo and Enid Blyton in the Bestsellers in Children’s Short Story Collections list. Monty is looking forward to extending his series of books in the 'Freaky' range for other children to read.
Other award winners included Annabelle Griffin, a four-year-old Bury girl who was diagnosed with an incurable rare tissue disease called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome last December. Her family set up a website, annabelleschallenge.co.uk which has raised more than £8,000. Annabelle won the Child of Courage award. Gina Bailey, from Farnworth, won Carer of the Year for her work looking after her three children, one of whom suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. The Family of the Year award was won by Josh Wilson and his family. The 13-year-old from Bury was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was three and since then has launched The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity despite battling serious problems. Tracey Snelling from Bury won the Charitable Act award for her fundraising and Warren Barlow won the Achievement in Sport. He is chairman of Bolton Bury and District Football League. Brownie leader Ruth Jolley won the Contribution to the Community Award and Debra Sims was awarded the Local Hero Award for helping an elderly lady who had been the victim of a mugging.
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