Eagle Radio's Local Heroes Sports Award is presented to 14 years old, Paraclimber, Matthew Phillips
The team from St Martha Oncology Centre in Guildford recently enjoyed a very special evening out at Eagle Radio’s Local Heroes award ceremony which celebrates unsung heroes from communities across Surrey and Hampshire.
The team enjoyed performances at the event from headliners, Scouting For Girls as well as Britain's Got Talent contestants Bars and Melody, England's Eurovision 2014 entry Molly Smitten-Downe and BBC The Voice 2013 finalist, Leanne Jarvis. But it was the inspirational stories of selfless individuals and those who fought the odds despite great challenges, that left the biggest impression on the team.
This was the second year that GenesisCare UK has sponsored the Sports Award, and Centre Manager, Jacqui Dorney was thrilled to present it to Matthew Phillips, a 14-year-old ParaClimber who, despite being born with his right arm missing from below the elbow, has never allowed his disability to hold him back and has achieved phenomenal results in several national ParaClimbing competitions.
Jacqui said: “GenesisCare UK believes that sport can, and does, make an extremely positive social and cultural impact – not just on individuals, but also on communities and the wider society.
As a company, we are perhaps, more aware than most of the benefits of good health and we firmly believe that participating in sports has enormous health benefits - not just physically but psychologically too.
Our winner is a perfect example of someone who has refused to let his disability quash his sporting ambitions and has achieved giddy heights… literally and we think he’s a wonderful example to us all.”
Find out more about Matthew’s achievements at Eagle Radios Local Heroes Awards here.