Every year at NRL we ask our branches to raise money for a local cause that they are passionate about to give something back to the communities we operate in. This year, our Egremont branch chose to get behind the West Cumbria Community Heroes Awards that applauds and recognises the true heroes who form the backbone of the West Cumbrian Community. The team decided to sponsor the award for ‘Unsung Hero’ which was designed to pay tribute to an inspirational individual who has gone the extra mile this year to help their community.
We decided to sponsor this award category in particular as it recognises an individual who:
• has gone above and beyond the call of duty in their community
• performed a selfless act for those in need
• exceeded normal expectations to help others
• is unpaid and doesn’t expect praise for their act or service
The winners of the categories were announced on Thursday 27th November at a gala dinner at the Whitehaven golf club, which was attended by Egremont’s Divisional Manager Rebecca Graves. Rebecca was delighted to present the ‘Unsung Hero of the Year’ award to mum-of-four Gay Eastoe who managed to raise an incredible £44,000 for Hospice at Home West Cumbria. Gay, aged 60 from Egremont completed 439,466 lengths at Copeland Swimming Pool – a total distance of 6,824 miles – over 24 years for the charity.
Hospice at Home said: “Gay faces every challenge head-on with sheer courage and determination. She is a truly special lady.”
Rebecca Graves commented “We are delighted to have presented Gay Eastoe with the award for Unsung Hero of the Year 2014. She is a true inspiration to those in her community and through her efforts she has managed to make a real difference in the lives of so many people. After hearing about the Hospice at Home West Cumbria charity and all that it does to provide the best possible palliative and end of life care I am pleased to announce that as a branch we have chosen to support them as our ‘Chosen Charity of the Year 2015.’
To read more about the West Cumbria Community Heroes Awards 2014 and all of the winners for 2014, please go to the Times & Star website. You can also find out more about her life and fundraising and make a donation by visiting her JustGiving Page.