Heroes, one and all
Blessington & District Forum Community Awards: Five-year old named 'person of the year '
Ordinary people who have done extraordinary things were honoured at the Blessington and District Forum Community Awards in The Avon last Friday evening.
With over 140 people in attendance, chairperson of the Committee Carmel Cashin said those nominated for awards were 'the backbone of the community who often go unrecognised and undervalued'. East Coast FM's Claire Hogan was MC for the evening and had the honour of presenting the various awards to their recipients.
The Person of the Year award went to a remarkable five-year old boy from Glen Ding. Calum Flynn-Martin had been enjoying a sleepover at his great-grandfather Owen's house when the 71-year old suffered a brain haemorrhage. Remaining calm, Calum helped Owen into a chair, called for help and put Owen's panic bracelet on.
The first responders arrived shortly thereafter and brought Owen to Naas hospital where, after a nervous few days, he made a full recovery. Crediting Calum with saving his life, Owen spoke of the bond the pair share, ensuring there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
Sheila Naughton was named Young Person of the Year for her work with eating-disorder charity 'Bodywhys'. Carer of the year was Maggie Ryan, recognised for her volunteer work with the Padre Pio Relic. The West Wicklow Cancer Support Group were Community Group of the Year.