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Pride Of Manchester Awards 2009-10
Pride Of Manchester Award for Mancunian of the Year
The award for the Mancunian (or adopted Mancunian) of 2009 was open to nominations for both famous celebrities or not so famous members of the public. Pride Of Manchester members voted for who they deemed the greatest ambassador of the city in 2009 or the person who has contributed most to Mancunian life. Last year's winner, Tom Buckley, sadly passed away in May after bravely raising over £120,000 for Christies. We would like to thank everybody who voted for him, without who's support we would never have had the pleasure to have met him. He truely was an inspirational person who will be sorely missed. We would also like to thank both Oasis and Manchester United for helping us make two of his dreams come true.
2,838 members nominated 24 different Mancunians with the final shortlist (in alphabetical order) being...
Previous Winners
~ Bradley Wiggins ~
Whilst seemingly overshadowed by the media's attention on Mark Cavendish's record-breaking number of stage wins, his fellow Manchester-based cyclist's 4th place overall finish in the Tour de France was far more impressive.
Starting the year by receiving a CBE, Bradley Wiggins went on to achieve the best British finish ever in the Tour de France, the world's hardest sporting event, before returning to win the British National Time Trial Championships.
As 2009 ended, Brad announced he was joining the new Manchester-based Team Sky, further cementing his links to his adopted home city,
~ Carl Tilson ~
The grandson of Fred Tilson, the Manchester City & England legend who scored two goals in the 1934 FA Cup Final, suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the muscle wasting disease that affects around 2 boys born every week.
Aged 23, Carl is fully aware that there is currently no cure and most boys with DMD only have a life expectancy of 18-25 years. For that reason, despite being almost completely paralysed by the condition, he has set upon a campaign to raise awareness of the disease and raise funds to help research in finding a cure.
Manchester City held a meal in Carl's honour on his 22nd birthday. Attended by his idol, WWE legend Trish Stratus, it raised £30,000 for the Action Duchenne charity, for which he tirelessly champions and has helped raise over £100,000 for in the process.
~ Danny Boyle ~
From Radcliffe to the red carpet in Hollywood, 2009 was an incredible year for the Mancunian director, during which his 'Slumdog Millionaire' won eight Oscards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Danny has never forgotten his Mancunian roots and regularly visits the St Mary’s Catholic Social Club in Radcliffe, whom he gave a “big, big shout-out” during his Oscar acceptance speech. He was granted the freedom of the borough of Bury in March.
~ Gary Barlow ~
As if performing in front of a record 2 million people on Take That's spectacular tour wasn't enough to keep him busy, the Frodsham based star raised more than £6 million for Comic Relief and Children In Need by roping in his celeb friends to two massive fund raisers.
In a year that also saw the death of his father and birth of his third child, Gary somehow found time to organise a sponsored climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in March before breaking all UK attendance records with his Manchester boyband on their summer tour.
Amongst other charity events, in November Gary organised the incredible Children In Need Rocks concert at the Royal Albert Hall, reuniting on stage with Robbie Williams. Raising £2m for the charity he promised to make it an annual event.
~ Ryan Giggs ~
The Welsh born footballer, who moved to Manchester when he was six years old, was already the most decorated player in British history before 2009 brought even further success.
In May, 35 year old 'Giggsy' won a record-breaking 11th league title, being the only player to score in every Premier League campaign since its inception and scoring in 14 different Champions League seasons. His achievement saw him crowned PFA Player of the Year by his fellow professionals and later BBC Sports Personality of the Year by the public.
A model professional, who has never been sent off in his 19 year career at Manchester United, Ryan is well known for his massive contributions to local charities, including Christies and The New Children's Hospital Appeal.
(photo - Ryan Giggs presents Tom Buckley with the Pride Of Manchester Mancunian Of The Year Award 2008-09)
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