the 2019 awards

The 2019 Pride of Bracknell Forest Awards took place at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy on Friday the 15th of March.

Attendees enjoyed entertainment from Sandhurst & District Corps of Drums, Uplands Primary School Choir and The Barbarettes, in addition to a three-course meal.

In 2019, 12 awards were given, with returning presenters Ady Williams and Andrew Peach, former Welsh international footballer and BBC Radio Berkshire presenter respectively. The awards were supported by sponsors including: Bracknell & Wokingham College, Appt Corporation, Syngenta, Redwood Technologies Group, The Lexicon, Berkeley Homes, Boehringer Ingelheim, Honda, Jemca Group, Nike Group, Panasonic, Technogym and Waitrose.

The winners and runners-up were as follows:

John Nike Pride of Bracknell Forest - Young Person's Award

This Award recognises the achievements of those who are under 18 from the Bracknell Forest area who have been involved in any inspirational action.

Winner - Matt Buckner

Matthew was a key member of the Bracknell Athletics Club Southern League Team in 2018, winning every event he competed in. He came third in the England Under 20 200m Championships, is ranked 11th in the 200m for his age group, and 4th by school year. Matt was selected for the GB junior team for the Manchester International, being placed third in the 100m and is third in the UK Under 20 all-time list for 150m.

Winner - Josh Zeller

Josh is an integral part of Bracknell Athletics Club, competing in both the 110m and 60m hurdles, as well as coaching younger athletes in his spare time. He finished his 2018 season as number 2 in Great Britain for 110m hurdles, and is currently ranked number 1 for 60m Hurdles. Josh was a Runner Up at last year’s Awards in the Health & Sport - Young Person’s category.

Runner-up - Jack & Connie Saville

Jack and Connie are inspirational siblings from Little Sandhurst. Since their father suffered a massive intracerebral hemorrhage in 2017, the pair have acted as a great support, even receiving a commendation from their headteacher. Their father says that they have been incredibly supportive and protective of him since the stroke, whilst continuing to do brilliantly at school.

John Nike Pride of Bracknell Forest - Adult Award

This Award recognises the achievements and selflessness of everyone over 18 from across the region.

Winner - Val Callan

Val is a coordinator at Home-Start Bracknell Forest. Val's nominators explain how she has offered invaluable support, offering kindness, understanding and help in times of loneliness and sadness. She has been described as an exceptional credit to the Bracknell community.

Runner-up - John Casserly

John Casserly has been his wife's full time carer for almost 9 years. His wife Carolyn has nominated him for an Award as he does everything for her and around the home, yet never complains. He is an unsung hero in the area, and is being recognised for his daily commitment and compassion.

School of the Year Award

This Award looks for schools that have performed exceptionally well in providing an effective and engaging learning environment for their children.

Winner - Brakenhale Academy

Since the school appointed new headteacher Jane Coley in 2015, it has changed beyond recognition. Backed by an excellent leadership team and good set of disciplines for students, there is a positive attitude throughout the school, with staff that go above and beyond to help the students reach their true potential.

Runner-up - Ranelagh School

Ranelagh School is known for its strict discipline and high standards. This year the Ranelagh School Team won the National Mock Trials competition and two students won the Secondary School section of the Bracknell Town Council WW1 art and poetry competitions, as well as boasting great academic results.

Teacher of the Year Award

This Award recognises teachers who go the extra mile to make the classroom an engaging environment and inspire children, from encouraging shy classmates to participate more in lessons to changing children’s outlooks on the world for the better.

Winner - Julie Keane

Julie has been a teacher at Birch Hill Primary School for over 40 years, having taught over 1,200 children in her time at the school. Receiving over 40 nominations, Julie has been described as an inspiring, caring, committed, hard-working teacher, and a credit to her area and profession, acting as a role model to new teachers.

Runner-up - Alison Wyld

Alison is the Headteacher at Harmans Water Primary School, having made big improvements to the school. She has turned it around, creating an inspiring and nurturing environment to install a positive and inspiring attitude among pupils. Alison has been described as dedicated, outstanding, enthusiastic and as a revelation for the school.

Business of the Year Award

This Award recognises those businesses which make outstanding contributions to the Bracknell Forest region, specifically to its people on a day-to-day basis.

Winner - Allegis Group

Allegis Group make a big difference in the Bracknell Forest Area. This includes volunteering work with the Berkshire Women's Aid charity, donating IS equipment to Home-Start and a projector to the Stroke Association, as well as a wealth of volunteering work.

Runner-up - Tektronix

Tektronix partnered up with Berkshire Women's Aid to sort out a refuge, as well as additional fundraising for the children staying there, donating gifts to them. Tektronix have also given the children clothing and toiletries, and still continue to collect these regularly.

Sport and Leisure - Young Person's Award

This Award recognises those from the region who are under 18 and have made outstanding commitments to the fields of sport and leisure.

Winner - Tristan Singelee

Tristan is a 10 year old gymnastics tumbler at Pinewood Gymnastics Club Bracknell. He won the title of British champion 2 years running and was selected for the national squad to represent Great Britain at his first international competition in Portugal in 2018, winning the title of International Champion in the Under 13 category.

Runner-up - Emma Harries

Emma is an incredible sportswoman and role model in football. She has represented England at Under 15, 16, and 17 level and is well on her journey to the Euros. She is dedicated and motivated having earned a place in the Reading first team and is an inspiration for young girls in the area who want to pursue a career in football.

Sport and Leisure - Adult Award

This Award recognises those from the region who have made outstanding commitments to the fields of sport and leisure, across any relevant field.

Winner - Zak Seddon

Zak has been a member of Bracknell Athletics Club for over 14 years, competing in the 3000m Steeplechase. A regular medallist at the British Championships, Zak has been selected to compete for Team GB on multiple occasions, placing 5th at the European Athletics Championships.

Runner-up - Steve Merry

Steve has been a kingpin of the Bracknell Bees for 25 seasons, a club which puts itself at the heart of the community. The team reaches out to local residents and businesses, and Steve is an integral part of the work the club does, including the team's new Schools Programme.

Charity of the Year Award

This Award recognises the enormous contributions made to the local community by its many charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups.

Winner - Youthline

Youthline has provided a free, confidential counselling service for young people in the area since 1988. They offer a safe and supportive environment with a team of counsellors, and are a registered Charity, managed by professional staff. Youthline has a large team of volunteers working with them all freely giving their time to the charity.

Runner-up - ABC to Read

ABC to Read is a charity supporting Berkshire children who are struggling to read. Since 2004, they have done great work mentoring hundreds of children in the area, as well as finding, training and supporting volunteers in primary schools across Berkshire. Their mission is to transform children’s lives by building literacy skills and self-confidence.

Volunteer of the Year Award

This Award recognises those who give up their time voluntarily to make enormous contributions to the betterment of the community in Bracknell Forest.

Winner - John & Yvonne Davis

John and Yvonne have been hard-working and selfless members of the Bracknell community for many years. Raising funds through charity groups, voluntary work and now voluntarily managing an old people's home, even though they are in their 80s themselves, the couple are an inspiration to the area.

Runner-up - Gail Mandeville

Gail has worked tirelessly and passionately for the girl Guiding groups in Sandhurst for over 30 years. Her dedication to the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides has been unwavering, empowering countless young women. Her nominators praise the commitment, energy and time that she has given to the groups and her compassionate nature.

Team of the Year Award

This Award identifies groups from the region who have made outstanding commitments to the community or deserve recognition for their achievements.

Winner - Bracknell Town FC U12s

The team were promoted to the Elite Division in the JPL League after only 5 games and have an amazing winning record, coming top of the Surrey Youth League. They are complemented on how they conduct themselves both on and off the pitch and have been described as a fantastic group of boys who work together and support one another.

Runner-up - Home-Start Bracknell Forest

Having received over 20 nominations for the outstanding work they do in the area, the team at Home-Start have been named finalists for their invaluable work supporting families in the Bracknell Forest area over the past 25 years. They act as an extra pair of hands and shoulder to lean on for young families for young parents.

Special Award

Winner - Rose Dalton

This year's Special Award is in honour of Rose Dalton, who sadly passed away last November. She was an extraordinary person, having fundraised for Cancer Research UK for 14 years, and raising just under £1.25 million to fight and beat cancer with 11 years of Relay for Life events at Ascot Racecourse. After being diagnosed with lung cancer herself, she left her hospital bed to lead the Cancer Survivors' lap of honour in the Relay for Life, supporting the cause against all odds. Rose was awarded with global recognition by Cancer Research UK for her tireless support for the charity, being named as runner up for Global Volunteer of the Year and was nominated for a Pride of Britain Award in 2018. She was commended at the Pride of Bracknell Forest Awards in 2012 in the Adult Community Volunteer category, and the Relay For Life Committee was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2016, having been nominated by Bracknell Forest Council. Rose's family have received hundreds of messages in support, recognising her achievements, and hope that others will take inspiration from what Rose did to do something to fight cancer.