The Bridge FM Local Hero Awards are a highlight of the Apollo calendar. We love being involved in such a fantastic community event that celebrates true local heroes. It’s wonderful to hear the stories of each winner, and every single nominee deserves huge congratulations and recognition for their achievements.
The 2018 awards were held on Friday night in the Heronston Hotel, Bridgend. As well as being full of inspiring stories, the night is also filled with delicious food and excellent entertainment. Max George from the Wanted gave a brilliant performance, and the evening was hosted by Lee Jukes.
This year, Apollo Teaching Services were once more the sponsor of the ‘Teacher/Mentor of the Year’ award. The 2018 ‘Teacher/Mentor of the Year’ Award was presented to John Anthony Bowman.
Here’s John’s story:
When he was 54, John was diagnosed with cancer and had to have a kidney removed. He is now 70 and retired, but spends more time than ever helping in the local area. He has been working as a volunteer with the children of Coychurch Primary School for the past 4 years. John listens to pupils read and helps them with their phonics. When extra supervision is required on school trips, John will be there to help out. In September, he even ran an afterschool football club! John’s generosity doesn’t just go as far as time and energy though. He has also raised significant amounts of money for the school and has spent many hours of his own time applying for extra funding and grants for the school.
Jon, the manager of Apollo Teaching Services Bridgend, and Will, the manager of Apollo Teaching Services Cardiff, attended the Awards on behalf of Apollo. Both thought the night was very inspiring, and they thoroughly enjoyed meeting John and his family.
Since posting this blog, we’ve received a wonderful email from John which he is happy for us to share. Here is how John felt the evening went:
‘Just a quick email to say how much I enjoyed [Jon and Will’s] company at the Local Heroes … You both made a very nerve racking evening extremely enjoyable. I was humbled to receive your award. It has given me the drive to continue the work I do and push further for as long as I can. It seems strange to receive an award for something that you really enjoy doing. But I am extremely grateful for the award which I feel also reflects on the schools head and staff who make me so welcome, and the dedicated teacher Miss Treadwell who I assist. Your company should be proud of its participation in such a prestigious awards ceremony I wish you every success for the future.’
We know you’ll agree that John was a very deserving winner, and we wish him all the best in the future!
John Bowman being presented with the Teacher/Mentor of the Year Award 2018