Rosie's Coffee Bar and Kitchen among winners announced for the Amazing Ashton Awards 2020
There might not have been a dancefloor, or any glitz and glam at this
year’s Amazing Ashton Awards, but there was certainly no shortage of
Seven winners were announced via a Facebook Live stream on the
Ladysmith Shopping Centre page, hosted by the Town Team’s Chair, Kevin
More than 1000 people voted to decide which of this year’s
nominees landed themselves a place in the final and a panel of five
judges than had the difficult decision of choosing one winner for each
Rosie’s Coffee Bar and Kitchen scooped the Local Business of the Year
Award and Briggs Butchers were crowned winners of Retailer of the Year,
while Mark Waine, owner of Stanford Square restaurant San Rocco was
announced winner of Employee of the Year for his efforts to provide a
completely inclusive restaurant experience.
Mark enlisted the help of a speech and language therapist to create a
special picture menu for children and adults who are non-verbal or
struggle with speech and also he enlisted the help of a deaf sign
language interpreter to train his staff so they could welcome people
from the deaf community.
Rory Hand, a remarkable 14-year-old, won the Young Achiever of the
Year Award for his awe-inspiring attitude and fundraising
efforts. Despite having hyper mobility in his legs and hips, as well as
several disabilities including anxiety issues and PTSD, Rory took on a
Swimathon for Marie Curie and a 150-mile walk for Tameside Hospital
Covid-19 Appeal, which was inspired by heroes like Captain Moore and Joe
Susan Hand, Rory’s mum, said: “Rory is so proud and happy to have won
this award. It’s been a tough year for everyone especially someone with
anxiety and sensory issues, but his hyper mobility in his legs and
ankles didn’t stop him doing his 200-mile walk. A huge thanks to
everyone who voted for him.”
Other winners included Pauline Town, who scooped the Covid 19 Hero
Award for her volunteer work supporting Ashton’s homeless and most
vulnerable and Vanessa Rothwell who won the Great Leader Award for her
role leading the Rough Sleepers Initiative team for TMBC, which supports
volunteers like Pauline.
Angie Wild was announced as Fundraiser of the Year for raising over
£100,000 for local charities over the last eight years in her spare
time. For the past 12 months Angie has been working for Tameside &
Glossop Scanner Appeal, raising over 65k and The Anthony Seddon Fund.
Samantha Robinson, Assistant Centre Manager at Ladysmith, says she
was overwhelmed by the support the awards have received again this
year. She said: “The Amazing Ashton Award winners might not have been
announced in the usual fashion this year, but that didn’t stop the
community coming together to celebrate our town’s unsung heroes.
“Congratulations to all of our winners, finalists and nominees and
thank you to everyone who tuned in to watch and has shared
It is amazing to see individuals and
organisations supporting one another during these turbulent times.
“I am looking forward to seeing what next year’s Amazing Ashton Awards brings.”
For more information about this year’s winners and finalists, take a look around our news section.