Pride of Gwent: South Wales Fire and Rescue Service lauded

SOUTH Wales Fire and Rescue Service had every reason to applaud last year’s Argus Pride of Gwent South Wales awards as one of their own was recognized for his hard work and dedication.

Nicola Wheten, Crimes and Consequences Project Manager, won the Achiever Award and was also a finalist in the Special Recognition Award category.

On top of that, Red Watch Malpas was up for the 999 Hero Award and the Life Saver Award, following their heroic efforts to save a drowning victim in the River Usk.

This year’s event, which will take place at Rougemont School on Wednesday, December 9, will see a total of 15 awards presented to highly deserving recipients.

Last year’s ceremony had to be held online due to Covid-19, but that in no way detracted from Ms Wheten’s triumph.

Her win was in recognition of the time and effort she put into creating a new flagship hub, developed with £30,000 in funding from the Welsh Government.

It provides a cost-effective, state-of-the-art home for modern community safety engagement.

The hub has benefited communities across South Wales and will continue to do so for years to come, as it aims to build community trust through effective work.

“I feel honored to receive such an award, especially since there were so many amazing finalists,” she said.

“However, this award is one for everyone who has helped me implement the vision of the hub.

“Whether it’s building furniture, painting, giving a word of encouragement, sticking to worries, or keeping me company in the midst of all the renovation chaos.”

“It’s fantastic what can be achieved with a supportive and positive team, not to mention outside partners who have cheered along the way and many have even become good friends.

“This center has already improved and even saved the lives of community members and I am extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish.”

You can nominate a person, group or business in the following categories:

  • 999 Hero Award;
  • Unpaid caregiver price;
  • Fundraiser of the Year;
  • Community Hero Award;
  • Courage Award;
  • charity prize;
  • volunteer award;
  • Green Leader Award;
  • Life Achievement Award;
  • Community Diversity Award;
  • LGBTQ Activist of the Year;
  • Young of the year;
  • Sports Hero of the Year;
  • Charity Shop of the Year.

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Companies such as St Joseph’s Hospital, Gwent Police, Newport City Council, Western Power Distribution, Monmouthshire Building Society and George St Furnishers are on board as sponsors.

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