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NEWS EXTRA: A Place To Be Proud Of Awards 2018

Picture taken by Jonny Freeman

Heroes in local communities across Basingstoke have been praised for their hard work at the A Place to be Proud Of awards.

A number of prizes were handed out at The Haymarket last night (Wednesday 6th June).

They included the Young Achiever Award, which was sponsored by The Breeze and Queen Mary's College, which was given to Rosie Sestito.

A full list of the winners is below.

A PLACE TO BE PROUD OF AWARDS 2018 WINNERS

Hampshire Oktoberfest - Arts and Entertainment Award

Rosie Sestito - Young Achiever Award

Memory Box Project - Health and Care Award

Champion Group - Business and the Community Award

Tasharna Stapleton - Volunteer of the Year Award

Helping Hands for the Blind - Community Project Award

Jackie Keep - Unsung Hero Award

Lynsey Spillane - Inspirational Teacher Award

Carnegie Lewis - Most Nominated Award

Graham Kent - Lifetime Achievement Award

REACTION

After the ceremony, we caught up with some of the winners to see how they were feeling - and to find out more about the work they've been doing.

You can hear the interviews the winners did with our reporter Jonny Freeman below.

ROSIE SESTITO - YOUNG ACHIEVER

Rosie told The Breeze she was amazed and honoured to receive the award - she says had some tough experiences but she's come through them well thanks to the support of family and friends.

We spoke to Rosie alongside her teacher Laura Starke, who was there to support her:

TASHARNA STAPLETON - VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Tasharna told us how amazing it's been to help people in her local community - she says she's got other projects lined up in the future too:

HELPING HANDS FOR THE BLIND - COMMUNITY PROJECT

Dave Chatton-Smith and Debbie Soto gave us their reaction to the charity's award win in the Community Project category - they were over the moon to be named the winners:

JACKIE KEEP - UNSUNG HERO AWARD

Jackie's been doing some amazing challenges for charity, which have all helped her raised £40,000. She told The Breeze more about why it's been such an amazing experience:

LYNSEY SPILLANE - INSPIRATIONAL TEACHER AWARD

Lynsey Spillane took home the Inspirational Teacher Award - she told The Breeze it's important to help the younger generation succeed now and in the future:

GRAHAM KENT - LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Now retired hairdresser Graham Kent was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.

He says the Basingstoke's community's been so supportive over the years, but he's now looking forward to relaxing:

THE ORGANISERS

Of course the event couldn't go ahead without the hard work of its organisers.

Felicity Edwards from Destination Basingstoke helped organise the ceremony and host it - she told us it's always a pleasure to be involved with the event:

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