Photo: Winner of the Chris Tarrant Award Sam Dixon with son Parker and left, general manager of sponsors The Oracle, Andy Briggs. Picture by: Emma Patterson
Amazing people from around Reading were honoured at the 16th Pride of Reading awards as tales of bravery, service to the community and special achievements were revealed.
Once again hosted by home-town boy Chris Tarrant, the glitzy ceremony at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre saw winners of 22 awards celebrated.
The event was attended by around 300 guests who after enjoying street food starters and a two-course sit down lunch enjoyed the afternoon’s awards hosted by Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas and ITV’s Mel Bloor.
Among the amazing winners earlier this month were Child of Courage Logan Edwards who underwent painful surgery to fuse his skull, Local Hero Ricky Prince who saved a man’s life after seeing him collapsed as he walked past and former councillor Jo Lovelock who was honoured with the Special Recognition Award.
There was barely a dry eye in the room when the Volunteer of the Year was posthumously named as Alice Driver. Her parents were given the award in her honour for her work with Reading Refugee Support Group and Reading PRIDE all while being treated for a brain tumour.
The winner of the Chris Tarrant award this year was Sam Dixon whose husband PC James Dixon was killed on duty in December 2017, when Sam was pregnant with Parker. PC Dixon’s motorcycle collided with a car in Hare Hatch and he died instantly.
Full list of award winners 2019:
∙ Business in Action (Over 50) sponsored by BDB Pitmans: VISA
∙ Business in Action (Under 50) sponsored by BDB Pitmans: Shinfield View Care Home
∙ 999 Award, sponsored by De Vere Wokefield Estate: White Watch, Caversham Road and Whitley Wood
∙ Special Recognition Award: Councillor Jo Lovelock
∙ Charity of the Year sponsored by Roc Search: Sport in Mind
∙ Community Champion sponsored Reading Football Club: Eddie Winship
∙ Smile of the year sponsored by BerkshireLive: Zoe Correa (AJ Making a ∙ Stamp)
∙ Family of the Year sponsored by Ikea: The Johnson Family
∙ The Inspiration Award sponsored by McDonalds: Richard Witt
∙ Volunteer of the Year: Alice Driver
∙ Reading’s Best Street sponsored by Haslams: Talfourd Avenue
∙ Local Hero sponsored by Green Park: Ricky Prince
∙ Employee of the Year sponsored by Reading Buses: Richard Deadman
∙ Young Person of the Year sponsored by University of Reading: Nevaeh Small
∙ Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by The Purple Turtle: Luci and Mike Clayton Jones
∙ Cultural Contribution sponsored by M&G Real Estate: Andrew Taylor (Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra)
∙ School of the Year sponsored by QWERTY: New Town Primary School
∙ Fundraiser of the Year sponsored by Cream: David and Julia Eversham (for Alexander Devine
∙ Love Where You Live Award sponsored by Berkeley Homes: Turn Tilehurst Red
∙ Child of Courage sponsored by IQVIA: Logan Edwards
∙ Chris Tarrant Pride of Reading Award sponsored by The Oracle: Sam Dixon