Around 300 people glammed up and attended the glittering awards ceremony at Stoke Park in Stoke Poges on Monday.
The inspirational and emotional event saw unsung heroes from across Bucks get the rightful recognition for the unsung work they do in the community.
The event was hosted by the glamorous Suzanne Shaw, who wowed the audience in a beautiful red dress. Joining Suzanne on stage were presenters Robert Kenny, from The Breeze radio and ITV Meridian’s Louise Lewis, who both returned for the third year in a row.
The event was attended by nominees, nominators, sponsors and dignitaries including chairman of Chiltern District Council Mimi Harker, chairman of South Bucks District Council Duncan Smith and the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Francesca Skelton. Celebrities including Antony Costa from Blue, George Gilbey and his mum Lynne from Channel 4’s Gogglebox, Jules Knight from Holby City and Big Brother’s Josie Gibson attended the event and presented the winners with their awards.
The day began with a drinks reception in the beautiful grounds of Stoke Park accompanied by music from The Polka Dots.
Former managing director for Trinity Mirror Southern Simon Edgley then gave a speech telling the audience ‘we are here to celebrate the unsung heroes.’ He also added that the awards received more nominations this year than ever before.
Guests tucked into a three course meal and enjoyed table magic from Dee Riley and Jack Davis. Winner of The Voice of South Bucks Tom Cary entertained the audience before the awards presentation began.
Some 11 awards were handed out at the ceremony, including a new award for this year, the Cirkle PR Outstanding Achievement award which went to Mary Berry, who was sadly unable to attend due to a family bereavement.
The proceedings were interrupted half-way through when the Thames Valley Air Ambulance surprised the audience by landing at Stoke Park just in time for the GE Healthcare 999 Service Personnel Award, which went to the service.
There were a number of standing ovations at the emotional event, which also saw many of the audience grab a tissue on more than one occasion to wipe away their tears.