The Pop Up Parties team visited some very worthy winners on their tour to surprise your shortlisted Every Day Heroes, bringing with them a spread of Pork Farms treats and party food.
First up was Robbie Simpson from Ripley, Derbyshire, who was nominated by Liz Gallagher for his part in saving her life after she collapsed in the passenger seat of her dad’s car.
Robbie was surprised by his friends and family at the Evergreen Centre, in his hometown, where he was presented with his prize by Deputy Mayor of Ripley, Councillor Sheila Emmas-Williams.
He said; “It was such a brilliant surprise and it was great to see Liz and all my friends down there to celebrate.”
Next up was Dept. Sister, Sally Brown, who has provided care to many residents in and around Spalding at the Johnson Community Hospital.
Sally, who thought she was on her way to a meal with family friends, arrived at the home of Spalding Football Club, the Hayley Stewart Football Ground, bathed in glorious sunshine, where she was met by her colleagues, friends, family and her nominator, Teresa.
Sally said; “I was in total shock, it was completely not what I was expecting at all, but it was very, very, much appreciated.”
On the third day, the team travelled to the picturesque Chesterfield Canal, where Robin Stonebridge, Chair of the Chesterfield Canal Trust, accepted the prize on behalf of the 1,550 volunteers who have helped to restore the 46 miles of canal over the past six years.
Robin, alongside nominator and fellow volunteer, Ruth Tesdale, was presented the prize by Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Steve Brunt.
Robin said; “To receive the recognition was very important to us and the award from Pork Farms is absolutely tremendous so thank you to Pork Farms and thank you to all of the volunteers who turn out so regularly to help us.”
On the penultimate day, the Pop Up Party tour bus made the long trip down to Dorset to set up at the home of 10-year-old Lukas Neill, to reward him for helping his nan and mum who have been very ill over the past year.
Mum, Vicky, said she nominated her son to say thank you for all his help and kindness and Lukas was ever-humble when presented with his award saying; “I thought I would probably never win as there were a lot more people who have done more things than I have, so thank you so much, the party was great!”
Paula Jones from Haydock, Merseyside, was the fifth and final Pop Up Party winner of the week, with the party setting up at the Shining Light Centre, St Helens, where Paula was surprised by family, friends and members of the Friends Play for Disabled Children – a group set up by Paula to help parents with disabled children in her community.
The deserving winner, who was presented with her prize by Mayor of St Helens, Councillor David Banks, said; “I was really honoured to be nominated, the surprise was completely unexpected and I was so grateful to win.”