Last year, a challenging time for the whole world and our county, the GBA Awards recognised the fantastic contribution of local individuals and organisations to the mental and physical wellbeing of Berkshire residents. The 'Berkshire physical activity lockdown hero', a campaign celebrating the 9th GBA Awards' winners on BBC Radio Berkshire and social media, united residents, communities and activity providers around the joy and importance of physical activity and helped keep spirits high in the county during the winter lockdown.
This year, as we are recovering from the pandemic, the 10th GBA Awards will continue recognising individuals and organisations that contributed to a healthier and more resilient Berkshire. There is one award category – the 'Berkshire physical activity hero'.
Vickie Randall and Cancer Network Walkers
The Cancer Support Network provides Health and Wellbeing events to help people affected by cancer become active and meet people in a similar position. Vickie Randall, Project Coordinator, has gone above and beyond to deliver inspiring and motivating activities that make a recognisable difference. Her walking group, Cancer Network Walkers, has had a profound effect on members both physically and mentally, as they find themselves at different stages in their treatment. The group has grown from 8 members to 35 over the year, offering 5 programmes and over 30 sessions across Berkshire. Members have now built valuable connections, meeting regularly outside the network to share their cancer experiences, support each other and stay active.