Chris Willmott, editor of the Solihull Observer and the official sponsor of the Local Hero Award, had the pleasure – and difficult task – of judging the category.
"We had so many amazing entries and inspiring stories of people who go truly above and beyond to improve the lives of others," explained Chris. "Simply choosing a shortlist was difficult enough, but then to choose a winner from our fabulous finalists involved serious deliberation. I was, however, delighted to choose the inspirational Millie Skinner as the winner of the Local Hero Award."
Sadly, Millie was not well on the day of the awards, so Chris went to visit her at St Giles’ Nursing Home to present her with her award and certificate. Millie was joined by family, friends and fellow members of the Friends of Solihull Hospital for the very proud occasion for all involved. Chris tells her story below.
photo credit: Jon Mullis