We were invited to join the amazing Ely Hero Awards Team at the fabulous venue of Poet’s House in Ely a couple weeks ago for a very special Cheque presentation.


It was a wonderful evening in which we were joined by our Avid supporter and Snowdon Challenge Leader, Paul Clark and the Haynes Family whose daughter Keira was awarded the Ely Hero Award Child of Achievement 2018.


We were treated to delicious canapés and cocktails, we were made to feel very special and we felt quite honoured to be in the room with all the amazing Ely Champions.


Emma, Founder of Steel Bones said “This is huge for us and the money will mean that we can help families across the UK. The Ely Hero Awards has been deeper than the just the money, it has been about the awareness too. These awards are special and there are not enough of them in the world!”


Ruth, Overall Ely Hero Winner officially presented the donation to Steel Bones and spoke about the impact of the winning the award this year “I am proud to be the Ely Hero but even more than that I am proud to be part of the Ely Heroes family and even more than that, proud to have finally figured out the thing that sets you apart and can sometimes feel heavy and a burden is actually the very thing that makes you great. So be brave – embrace your YOU-NESS! Ruth runs the Re-Imagination Unit in Ely constantly searching for creative ways to recycle and provide tangible help to those in the community.


Mayor of Ely, Councillor Mike Rouse, said that the awards had brought people together in the community “Everyone has said what a strong sense of community Ely has, there is a great kindness here and people coming together and helping each other.”


Chris Mann of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire also attended the evening. Chris is a fantastic supporter of the awards and was the MC for the Ceremony in June. Many of the Heroes have been interviewed on his morning show- Mann in the Morning.


Metro Rod Cambridge, main organisers of the event have been thrilled at the impact on the local community in just 2 years of organisation. Kevin Russell, Owner says  “it is a great honour to have been able to once again support a local charity, this being Steel Bones. They provide such incredible support to civilian amputees which is much needed and to know that our donation can assist to further their work makes everyone involved with Ely Hero Awards very proud.”


Steel Bones are absolutely thrilled to receive a donation towards our work and we shall be able to extend our Family packs and 121 support thanks to this fantastic donation.  However, there is so much more to this than the donation. Ely Hero Awards have been instrumental in introducing us to the Lord Lieutenant who as a result of knowing us invited our Young Ambassador, Jorja to the Royal Wedding to represent our Region. The donation and PR has been a huge encouragement to others to help us but also in raising awareness to other local amputee families who need the support we give.


We had a divine evening with very special people, we think there should be an Ely Hero Awards in every town to celebrate the amazing things which every community has. We feel extremely privileged to have been a very small part of Ely Hero Awards.  We shall never stop nominating as there are incredible people in the community doing amazing things !!