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Outstanding Bravery Award sponsored by Stroud Auction Rooms

Outstanding Bravery

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The Outstanding Bravery Award sponsored by Stroud Auction Rooms recognises someone who has faced outstanding bravery in the face of adversity.

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Winner: Kate Pickering

On the evening of Saturday, July 7 2018, whilst on duty as a Cheltenham Guardian, Kate entered an alleyway off the lower High Street in the belief that there was a person or persons unknown armed with a knife or knives in the alleyway and a threat to life.

Kate and I had become aware of a disturbance moments earlier and assessed that there was a serious incident underway. Kate verbally challenged those in the alleyway and entered along with myself. Upon entering the alleyway an assailant fled and we discovered a severely injured male, CJ Hall.

Attempts were made to save the life of CJ by the emergency services who had quickly arrived on the scene after us. During this time Kate remained on the floor with CJ. She held his hand and talked to him. She exuded gentleness and compassion at the most frightening of times. In that dark alleyway as CJ was losing his fight for life a maternal calmness and love emanated from Kate. CJ wasn't on his own.

I have no hesitation in recommending Kate for the Outstanding Bravery Award. Her actions that night were selfless and brave. She is a credit to the community that she serves.

Finalist: Clare Young

Clare Young started Heart Garden to raise awareness and funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Clare's husband died aged just 47 at the hospice and she subsequently suffered from PTSD and depression. Her psychologist suggested she tried knitting and the project she started small ended up in a full size knitted show garden and has so far raised in excess of 27,000.

The most exciting part as well as raising hospice awareness and vital funds is that the project became a large community project, involving many local knitting and craft groups and WI's as well as people knitting around the country and even the world. Over 52,000 knitted and crochet hearts were sent to the hospice to support the campaign. Other people were also knitting through their grief, depression, mental health issues etc and as well as being a great community fundraiser it has been a mutual support group with many new friends and support networks built.

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