Rhoda presented with hero award

RHODA Sharkey from Egremont, and React Engineering of Cleator Moor were among the winners of the West Cumbria Community Heroes announced in December. An awards ceremony was held at Whitehaven […]

RHODA Sharkey from Egremont, and React Engineering of Cleator Moor were among the winners of the West Cumbria Community Heroes announced in December.

An awards ceremony was held at Whitehaven Golf Club where winners of 14 categories were announced.
The Whitehaven News and the Times & Star has supported the awards, in association with Sellafield Limited.
The awards were an opportunity for readers to nominate caring neighbours, hard-working volunteers and big-hearted youngsters who have made a real difference in their community. They are the true super-heroes of West Cumbria.

Neighbour of the Year, sponsored by LLW Repository, was presented to Rhoda Sharkey from Egremont.
Rhoda hit the headlines after fighting off a would-be robber with a pair of blunt scissors and a mop!
The 71-year-old, who works at Coleridge Stores in Egremont, refused to be intimated by the robber who demanded cash from the till.

The team of judges said: “She is well-known in Egremont as the stalwart of the community. She has certainly helped people out in their hour of need and showed some West Cumbrian grit!”

The Small to Medium Enterprise Sustainable Business of the Year sponsored by CN Group was presented to React Engineering, based in Cleator Moor. This is a business that provides solutions to nuclear clean-up problems.
It set up the React Foundation in 2004 to engage and inspire the next generation of engineers – its employees of the future.

Over the last 10 years, it has developed several initiatives to promote science and engineering to youngsters aged between nine and 18.

The judges said: “They have a tremendous engagement with the local community with both an economic and skills perspective. Also, the work that they do in schools with React Foundation is fantastic.”
A full list of winners can be found on www.whitehaven-news.co.uk