UNSUNG heroes were recently celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony at Sonning Golf Club.

Local disabled children's charity Building for the Future held the event on March 22, recognising some very special people working with disabled children in the area.

The awards were presented by the borough Mayor, councillor John Kaiser, to winners of several categories, including: best teacher, best teaching assistant, best activity provider, best medical professional and best therapist.

All nominations were made by parents of disabled children who were keen to give recognition and praise to those who go the extra mile.

CEO Jane Holmes said: "It was an honour to host our awards ceremony, honouring those very special people working with our disabled children.

"As parents of disabled children ourselves, we know only too well what harsh critics we can be and so it is wonderful to have the opportunity to say thank you to those deserving individuals who really are outstanding.

"We received plenty of nominations and whittling them down to the two finalists was a difficult task.

"We would like to congratulate everyone and are already looking forward to our next awards!"

The finalists for each category were:

  • Best teacher - Kelly Mayne from Addington School (winner) and Racheal Hannington from Grazely School
  • Best teaching assistant - Tandy Kearney formerly from Knowl Hill School (winner) and Lynn Higgs from Addington School
  • Best medical professional - Serena Burgin, dietitian (winner) and Janine Payne, learning disability nurse
  • Best activity provider - Chance to Dance (winner) and Thumbs Up Club
  • Best therapist - Sharon Wignall, Windsorian Occupational Therapy (winner) and Jessica Wilson, Bishopswood School