An evening at the Signal Hero Awards 2017


Each year, Signal Radio host a night of celebrating the people of Staffordshire and Cheshire, who have gone above and beyond to make a difference to life of others, carrying out selfless acts. On 26th October at Crewe Hall, myself (Amy Jowett), Danielle Turner, Hollie Stockton, Steven Bliss, Ilisha Dowdeswell and Rebecca Wood, attended the glamorous black tie ceremony event which saw Show Business Interiors sponsor the “Bravery Award.” It proved to be a moving and emotional evening filled with truly inspirational stories celebrating some extraordinary people from across the region.

Tom Jackson Bravery Award

Steven Bliss – Operations Planner, was honoured in presenting the Tom Jackson Bravery Award. A huge congratulations goes to Alistar Merrill, the winner of the award, who selflessly stepped in to save a stranger when she was being attacked by her ex-partner. “My children would not have a mother if it wasn’t for him – I cannot put into words how grateful I am”.

Preparations for the evening begin earlier in the month… Emails between the girls about what outfit to wear, borrowing dresses from friends, trying outfits on, tanning my legs and painting my nails. On the evening chaos kicks in – outfit choices out of the window! What to wear?! How to do my make up? Hair up? Hair down? Finally (squeeze) into a borrowed dress, and possibly a suit for Steve, get my hair done, redone again and again. Finally, ready rushing out the door, our taxi awaits, and we arrive at the beautiful Crewe Hall (a home away from home for me – exactly like the one bedroom flat I live in.)

From left to right: Amy Jowett, Danielle Turner, Hollie Stockton, Steven Bliss, Ilisha Dowdeswell, Rebecca Wood.

From left to right: Amy Jowett, Danielle Turner, Hollie Stockton, Steven Bliss, Ilisha Dowdeswell, Rebecca Wood.

From left to right: Steven Bliss, Alistar Merrill

From left to right: Steven Bliss, Alistar Merrill

We have a glass or two of prosecco and canapes. We do a little bit of celebrity spotting (Ricardo Fuller) and selfies, and take our seats at our very well named “Queen” table, shared with intu Potteries’s team, who have also sponsored an award. We eat a lovely meal of posh cheese on toast to start, pork belly and dauphinoise potatoes for main and finally, dress a little tighter, a vanilla cheesecake with fruit coulis to finish.

An X-factor performance

A performance from 2016 X-factor winner Matt Terry starts the awards off, (not sure how well X Factor treated him) 12 selfless, brave heroes/heroines win an array of awards, with their stories and reasons for nomination read out. Emotional to say the least! Steve had the honour of giving the final award of the night, the Tom Jackson Bravery Award, awarded to Alistair Merrill for selflessly stepping in to save a stranger when she was being attacked. As the clapping calms down I think to myself how selfish/self-centred I’ve been and that these people deserve more than a round of applause and an award. It was really lovely to see them get recognition for each individual story and share that with them.

So, today as I wake up with a sore head, I take away from the evening that a little kindness goes a very long way and the thought to be a little less selfish.

Thanks for a great evening x

From left to right: Danielle Turner, Amy Jowett, Steven Bliss, Rebecca Wood, Hollie Stockton, Ilisha Dowdeswell.

From left to right: Danielle Turner, Amy Jowett, Steven Bliss, Rebecca Wood, Hollie Stockton, Ilisha Dowdeswell.