The votes have been cast, the judges have gathered and the winners of our Everyday Heroes competition have been selected. Today we announce the winner of our Everyday Business Hero 2015 award, and it has been very tough to decide. We received an incredible amount of entrants, each one reminding us why this competition was so worth organising. From office heroes to very inspiring bosses, our world is full of people that need celebrating, but only one could win our prize — and we don’t think you will be dissapointed.
Everyday Business Hero 2015 Winner: Dean Keable
Dean Keable from Eltham, South London, was nominated by his friend Carol for his remarkable work with the Freddie Farmer Foundation, a children’s disability charity. Every year, Dean organises a charity cycle to raise money for the foundation, and to make things a little more interesting, Dean arranges for the cycles to take place overseas. Support is provided by SPM Print, who pay for the van, driver and back-up-expenses, ensuring all money goes back to charity. And last year, Dean raised over £26,000 for a ride through Germany, Holland and Belgium.
Talking to ParcelHero, Dean said: “Wow, thank you ParcelHero, I don’t think I’ve ever won anything before! I’m very happy, it’s very nice to be thought of by Carol but I don’t think I do anything that anyone else couldn’t do with a bit of effort and planning, stick to what you do best!”
Dean will soon be hitting Mallorca from May 28 – June 4 2016 and encourages anyone to get involved and help raise money for Freddy. The first SPM Print charity cycle in 2011 went from London to Paris, and the second was from London to Amsterdam.
The nominations for Heroes have stretched from the brilliantly hilarious to the darn-right odd, but most crucially, we have received nominations from genuine believers in individuals who truly are inspirational people to those around them. We decided that someone like Dean should absolutely deserve to be celebrated not only for their hard work in raising money and awareness for a worthy cause, but also for inspiring others around him to do good.
Defining what makes a hero itself has been a mammoth task. This is probably why there are so many superhero films and comics – heroes truly do come in so many forms. So, stay tuned this week as we announce our chosen hero for our 5 hero categories. These include:
A People’s Hero, Sports Hero, Community Hero and Volunteers Hero.
Tomorrow we will announce the winner of the Everyday Community Hero 2015 award and celebrate those who give back the most to the local area and people.