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  • Unsung Hero of the Year 2015 Crowned

    NRL’s Egremont branch has sponsored the “Unsung Hero” award at the West Cumbrian Community Heroes Awards for the second consecutive year. The Unsung Hero award pays tribute to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their community.

    NRL Branch Manager Rebecca Graves attended the awards ceremony and presented a trophy to Unsung Hero winner Alan Hunter, manager of Allerdale COSC (Copeland Occupational and Social Centre).  Alan plays a huge part in the success of COSC, which provides day care for people with disabilities and helps users socialise and learn new hobbies.

    COSC, based in The Bunker at Cleator Moor, offers a high level of occupational facilities, along with a varied program of learning and social activities. Due to its growth in size and popularity, COSC has opened a second centre in Maryport and continues to support people from all across Cumbria. Despite being run on a minimal budget, COSC has provided a lifeline to many and Alan has had a huge part to play in the organisation’s success.

    Judges at the awards ceremony commented:

    “COSC brings together people that would not normally get together. COSC provides high quality day care for adults with disabilities that is ran very well within a safe, friendly and homely environment. It is excellent what he does, a true unsung hero.”

    The judges also commended Tracey Nicholson, who was nominated for fundraising a skate park in honour of her son Kieran who died five years ago in the Keswick bus crash, and Marie Scott, who was nominated for her role as Chairman of the West Cumbria Society for the Blind.

    To read more about the West Cumbrian Community Heroes Awards 2015 and see all of this year’s winners, please take a look at the full list on the Times & Star website. If you are interested in learning more about COSC, please take a look at their website for more information.


    CN Heroes Awards. 26 Nov 2015. Pics Jim Davis. Unsung Hero. Rebecca Graves, NRL. Presents the award to Alan Hunter.