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Local NHS recognises community champions in Marvels of Mid Awards

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For the fourth year running, NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has recognised stars from the communities of Braintree District, Chelmsford City and Maldon District in its Marvels of Mid Awards (MOMAs).

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 26 September 2019, the CCG celebrated local people and organisations whose work has had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of local communities by helping them to livewell.

Dr Anna Davey, the CCG’s Chair and a local GP, said: “I’ve been so pleased as Chair to celebrate the commitment of our residents across mid Essex in helping their friends and neighbours to livewell. It’s great to see such strong community support for the goals of the local NHS across Braintree, Chelmsford and Maldon. Thank you to everyone who made a nomination.”

The CCG’s Accountable Officer, Caroline Rassell, said: “Our Marvel of Mid Awards and AGM are always such a great event. They give our hard-working patient representatives, volunteers and GP surgery colleagues an evening full of celebration of what we have achieved together.”

“We want to say a huge thank you to health and care staff, patients, volunteers and everyone else in the local community who has supported the NHS over the years and helped us to develop and adapt for the future.”

Billy Ray Mansell won the Unsung Hero award in recognition of his enormous passion for physical activity and helping the people of mid Essex enjoy the benefits of exercise. Billy said: “Winning this award has made me recognise my own achievements and further motivated my drive to continue to spread the livewell ethos. Like others, we come so far and there are always defining moments in what we do. This was not only a moment of recognition but a defining moment for my own self, thinking of the future and all its possibilities.”

Winners for each award categories were:

  • Primary Care Award - Dr Krisnamurthy, Kingsway Surgery, South Woodham Ferrers
  • Volunteer of the Year - Mark Fribbens, Greenfields Community Housing
  • Individual Patient Participant - Mike Chapman
  • Start Well Award - PARC Essex
  • Be Well Award - Heybridge Green Gym
  • Stay Well Award - Hearing Help Essex
  • Age Well Award - Greenfields Community Housing Support Co-ordinators
  • Unsung Hero - Billy Ray Mansell, Active Essex All Together Ambassador
  • Livewell Champions - Peter Blackman and Janet Cloke

There were also two Highly Commended awards, to Robert Adams in the Volunteer of the Year category and Maldon Walking Netball Group in in the Be Well category.

Each winner received a certificate marking their achievement.