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Plenty to be proud of

Hereford proved it had plenty to be proud of during a recent awards ceremony.

Many inspiring stories were told during the annual Pride of Herefordshire awards.

Overall winner of the evening was Tony Hodder, for his work developing a youth facility in the St Martin’s area of the city.

Mr Hodder has spent the past eight years developing the service and the ceremony was told: “Now the disadvantaged young people in the St Martin’s area of Hereford area have the benefit of such a dedicated community worker who is someone who can really lay claim to the title of being the pride of Herefordshire.”

Mr Hodder also won the award for Adult Carer for his work setting up Close House, which provides youth facilities but also supports youngsters tackling alcohol and drug addiction, bereavement and mental health issues.

Councillor John Jarvis, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “This is the first time I have attended this annual awards ceremony and I was very impressed with the stories that were told. The judges have had a difficult task in deciding on the winners but I think we should all celebrate the fact our county has so many worthy people striving to make Herefordshire a better place to live and work in.”

It is the fifth year the awards have been run by Herefordshire Council, NHS Herefordshire, the Herefordshire Partnership and the Hereford Journal.

Other winners included Helen May, from Hereford, who set up her own Hereford care agency H M Care and now employs 20 staff, and Tallon Kingsmill-Poole, 18, who saved a boy and his mother from a house blaze in Holme Lacy, Hereford.

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