The Great Big Thank You Awards

another successful year!

What's it all about?

The great and the good gathered to celebrate inspirational members of our communities at a special awards ceremony which took place on January 17 at the WV1 Suite, Molineux Stadium in order to celebrate our finalists in this year's Express & Star's Great Big Thank You Awards.

The evening was compered by Signal 107’s Dicky Dodd who was last year named as the Great Big Thank You Awards Ambassador of the Year.

Meet this years winners

The finalists were whittled down from hundreds of submissions to 23 finalists across eight categories:

Ambassador of the Year sponsored by Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Mary Harding - Works behind the scenes of the Carver Wolverhampton Half Marathon since its inception.

Community Champion sponsored by Express & Star

Jean Hughes - For over four decades has helped women across the Black Country keep fit. 

Fundraiser of the Year sponsored by HomeServe

Suzy Evans Set up Smile for Joel charity in memory of her eldest son Joel Richards who died in the 2015 Tunisia terror attack.

Fresh Start Award sponsored by whg

Jade Secker - Raises awareness for mental health issues, after battling with anxiety for a number of years, she is now a voice to others.

Learner Award sponsored by University of Wolverhampton

Alison Jones - Returned to the classroom resulting in her passing her GCSE maths exam almost 25 years after sitting it for the first time. 

Teacher of the Year sponsored by City of Wolverhampton Council

Nicola Griffiths - After being inspired from her own teacher and her love of History, now teaches at Bristnall Hall Academy in Oldbury and has been accepted onto a prestigious Leadership Legacy Project.

Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Star Employment Services

Michael Page - Runs four successful cancer support groups and spent years as a volunteer driver for White House Cancer Support. 

Young Star sponsored by Signal 107

Zak Jeavons - Has raised money to support those who live on the streets in Wolverhampton and started by saving up his pocket money.

Thank you

The winners who work tirelessly to make our communities better, go that extra mile to help others or have succeeded against all odds were announced during a glittering awards ceremony attended by famous faces including Britain's Got Talent finalist Donchez Dacres, Black Country comic Doreen Tipton and cycling legend Hugh Porter.

Entertainment throughout the evening featured Mark Harrington, president of Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, West Midlands singer and songwriter Tanny Blue and Mr Wiggle and Wine himself, Donchez.

See more from the evening