Two Prestonians nominated for Community Heroes Awards 2019

Posted on - 29th August, 2019 - 7:01pm | Author - | Posted in - Deepdale, Lea, Preston News
Martin Grayston, Centre Manager at Preston Vocational Centre, has been nominated for the Education Award

BBC Radio Lancashire has announced the full list of finalists in the nine categories for the radio station’s 2019 Community Heroes Awards.


Two of the 36 candidates have been nominated for their work in the Preston area, with the rest being nominated from across the county.

Martin Grayston, Centre Manager at Preston Vocational Centre, has been shortlisted for The Education Award.

The centre – which has been operating for 10 years – provides vocational training in construction.

Gill Beeley, Chair of the Board at Preston Vocational Centre, said: “This place has flourished with Martin at the helm.

“The young people thrive because they have Martin as positive role model, ensuring they achieve as much as possible while they are here.”

Martin said: “I’m humbled and pleased to be shortlisted for this award but couldn’t do it without my great team.”

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Peter Taylor, from Lea, has been nominated for Pride of Lancashire Award 2019

Peter Taylor, who lives in Lea, has been shortlisted for The Pride of Lancashire Award.

New for 2019, the award goes to an individual or group whose efforts locally, nationally or internationally have embodied the Lancastrian spirit and whose achievements have consistently made the judges proud to be from Lancashire.

After 40 years in sight-loss sector in Lancashire, Peter has recently retired and now gives his time to a number of local organisations.

Speaking about being shortlisted, Peter said: “It keeps me occupied and I don’t like people being treated unfairly.

“It feels rather awkward being shortlisted because I enjoy volunteering.”

The Community Heroes Awards recognise the fantastic efforts of Lancastrians including everything from being good neighbours to voluntary work.

The finalists are currently being interviewed on the BBC Radio Lancashire Breakfast Show by presenter Graham Liver.

Graham said: “Hearing a truly inspiring story first thing every morning really makes a difference to your day.

“All of our finalists are simply amazing in their own way and I’m so pleased that BBC Radio Lancashire can help to get them some of the recognition they deserve”.

The winner in each category will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the King Georges Hall in Blackburn on Saturday 14th September. The evening will consist of a three course meal, celebrity guests and live entertainment.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting

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