Friday night saw the winners of the Pride of St Helens Awards 2022 crowned on an emotional and inspiring night at Saints’ stadium.
It was the 10th occasion the event – sponsored by the Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group – had been staged since its inception in 2012 and the glittering evening on Friday, hosted by sports broadcaster Fraser Dainton, saw the best of St Helens celebrated.
Our Colonel Andy was nominated in the category for the Courage Award, due to recently completing his epic climb of Mount Kilimanjaro and becoming the first ever triple amputee in the UK to do so.
He was up against two other very worthy nominees – PC Dan Parr and Karen Rigby who sadly passed away earlier this month from a long battle with brain cancer.
Andy graciously accepted the award and delivered a heart felt speech in which he said:
“It’s not courageous climbing a mountain, it’s hard graft and takes mental strength to keep pushing beyond the pain and self doubt. What takes courage is asking for help and that’s why I climbed the mountain, to raise awareness and funds for our Foundation so we can continue to provide mental health therapy and drug and alcohol support.”
Andy first received the award 10 years ago at its inception, and him winning it again due to his recent achievements just goes to show how far he has come on his own recovery journey. Long may you continue to inspire others! Thanks to everyone that voted and a massive congratulations to all other nominees and winners from the night!