We are delighted to announce that the winners of the Churchill Awards 2014 have been confirmed (2013 winners pictured above). In conjunction with the Daily Telegraph and Wave 105 FM, the Churchill Awards now in its 3rd year have been created to demonstrate that older people still have a significant role to play in British Society and they should be celebrated for their achievements.
The winners have been recognised for their specific achievements, particularly for 2014 and decided by a panel of expert judges, including Dame Esther Rantzen, Saga Editor Tim Pethick and football legend Lawrie McMenemy.
The full list of winners for 2014 is Anne Clwyd (Politics), Brendan Foster (Sport), Michael Morpurgo (Literature), Frances Walker (Art), John Timpson (Business), Len Goodman (TV & Radio), Dame Judi Dench (Stage & Screen), Lord Rees of Ludlow (Science & Environment), John Rutter (Music) and the late Lynda Bellingham (Contribution to Charity). There were three winners of the Wave FM local heroes award as voted for by the radio stations listeners: Lyn Williams founder of Happy Dogs, Keith Pellett volunteer for Young Carers and fundraiser Raymond Brown. New to this year’s Awards Churchill Retirement Living owners were given the opportunity to nominate a fellow Owner who they believed to be a worthy winner for their work in both the lodge and the local community. This year’s Owner winner goes to Iris Playford of Gifford Lodge, Twickenham for her avid work as a volunteer to numerous charity groups and supporting of all the events held in the Churchill development.
The winners will all come together at a private lunch in London on February 25th to receive their awards.
Spencer McCarthy, Chairman and Group Managing Director of Churchill Retirement Living and the driving force behind the awards, explains why older people remain vital to our society:
“It is not just our most loved actors and actresses that remain at the peak of their powers well into their seventies, increasingly the over 65s play an important role in all realms of society – in politics, art, and championing the environment older people are still at the forefront of excellence in their field.
“As a group the older generation still has an awful lot to contribute to society and we have created the Churchill Awards specifically to honour and recognise that contribution.”