The highly-anticipated My Local Hero event returned to The Grove this evening (November 12) to honour outstanding individuals throughout Hertfordshire.
Since its inception in 2009, the awards have celebrated heroes who have played an integral part in the community.
Tonight 12 individuals ranging from those who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic to sporting heroes were celebrated.
In addition to recognising these heroes, attendees of the event supported our beneficiary charities, Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline and Herts Inclusive Theatre.
MyLocalNews founder Nik Allen said: “What a fantastic evening. Behind every My Local Hero event is hours and hours of hard work, but seeing individuals from across our new patches honoured, makes it all worthwhile.
“Despite the tough times experienced by many over the past few years, the heroes recognised tonight have shown adversity in times of darkness and put others before themselves.
“It’s events like these that show there’s still a lot of good people around and that community spirt is alive and kicking.”
The evening finished with the My Local Hero 2022 Award, with nine-year-old Betsy Griffin taking home the award for her bravery, tenacity, positivity and her ability to light up any room she walks into.
Betsy was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour when she was just two years old but has not let this stop her as she makes positive videos on her YouTube channel to inspire others.
The winners of the remaining awards are as follows:
Above and Beyond: Alex Robins
The Emily Mott Child of Courage Award: Harry Wynne
Neighbour of the Year: Bob Best
Young Sporting Achiever: Ellie Harber
Special Recognition: Chris Luff MBE
COVID Hero: Laura Bloomberg
Fundraiser of the Year: Amelia Dormer
Young Achiever: Ashley Owens
Sporting Achiever: Ondine Achampong
Lifetime Achievement: Abbots Langley Tough Ten Committee