There was a standing ovation for the overall winner of Isle of Wight Radio’s 2018 Local Heroes Awards, in association with WightFibre.

For more than 40 years, Brading’s Barbara Creed has been improving the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of young Islanders.

The youth worker was named Overall Local Hero, at the Cowes Yacht Haven event, supported by Wightfibre.

Barbara Creed said:

“I’m in a bit of shock. I didn’t expect it at all. This is my first night off in nearly 42 years. But I absolutely love my job!

“It will go to the youth centre with all the other trophies. It will have…pride of place there. That’s not just for me, it’s for everybody.”

Overall Local Hero, Barbara Creed with WightFibre’s John Irvine

Isle of Wight Radio’s Lifetime Achievement award, sponsored by Beacon Magazine, was won by the inspirational Ron Bowler, who has spent decades helping to run Mountbatten’s annual Walk The Wight.

Ron said:

“I’m gobsmacked. I’m used to being on the other side and doing presentations. I’m just overwhelmed…”

Other award winners include The Freshwater Coffee House. Owners Becky and Stefan were  “…a bit overwhelmed, actually”, when they were handed the Customer Service accolade, sponsored by WRS Systems.

The Charmes Care Best Carer award was handed to Sarah Lacey. Jan Cave won the Best Neighbour award, sponsored by Hose Rhodes Dickson.

The Fundraiser award, sponsored by PC Consultants, went to the Isle of Wight Stormtrooper who walked to Paris for Island children’s charity Layla’s Trust.

Cowes’ Ben Allen said:

“[We are] five guys having a bit of fun, but at the same time bringing awareness to a fantastic cause on the Isle of Wight. [It] is just massively humbling.”

The Inspirational Leader award, sponsored by Inflight Peripherals, went to Sandi Gibbs. Sue Clerkin, who spends her week helping at a number of charities, was named Best Volunteer, sponsored by Central Garage.

The Emergency Service Award, sponsored by Medina Food Service, was lifted by the team from Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat.

Mark Birch said:

“We don’t get a lot of thanks. To have this achievement and to be here for this award…is beautiful.”

Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat

The Make A Difference In the Community award, sponsored by Island Roads, was won by the team at Seaview Village Community Shop.

Island Speedway’s Barry Bishop and Martin Widman were crowned Sporting Achievers, sponsored by The Island Riding Centre.

“Go Live Granny” Lyn Blackledge won Isle of Wight Radio’s Tourism Ambassador award, sponsored by Wightlink.

Young Achiever Emma Simpson’s award, which was sponsored by The Needles Landmark Attraction, was picked up by her mum and granddad.

Isle of Wight Radio Managing Director Claire Willis said:

Choosing Isle of Wight Radio’s Local Heroes award winners is one of the hardest tasks of the year!

Hosting Local Heroes is humbling and uplifting in equal measure. It is a privilege for the Isle of Wight Radio team to be able to meet these cornerstones of the Island’s community. All deserving, they make an incredible difference to thousands of people on the Island.”

John Irvine, CEO of event sponsor, WightFibre, said:

“Local Heroes is all about recognising people who care – and at WightFibre we really care about our customers.

“It makes perfect sense, therefore, for WightFibre to join with Isle of Wight Radio to recognise other people on the Island who also care and who go the extra mile in their community.”