Steel Bones are an Ely based charity who support Civilian Amputees and their families to face the trauma and challenges they endure on a daily basis. Emma Joy-Staines, Charity Founder along with ambassador and Child of Achievement 2018 winner, Kiera Haynes accepted the donation from special guest Ruth Marley, winner of THE Ely Hero Award 2018.
Ely Hero Awards have proudly been able to donate £550 to Steel Bones. The charity received a surprise anonymous donation on the evening making their total £600!!
Emma said “This is huge for us and the money will mean that we can help families across the UK. The Ely Hero Awards has been deeper than the just the money, it has been about the awareness too. These awards are special and there are not enough of them in the world!”
Ruth officially presented the donation to Steel Bones and spoke about the impact of the winning the award this year “I am proud to be the Ely Hero but even more than that I am proud to be part of the Ely Heroes family and even more than that, proud to have finally figured out the thing that sets you apart and can sometimes feel heavy and a burden is actually the very thing that makes you great. So be brave – embrace your YOU-NESS! Ruth runs the Re-Imagination Unit in Ely constantly searching for creative ways to recycle and provide tangible help to those in the community.
Mayor of Ely, Councillor Mike Rouse, said that the awards had brought people together in the community ““Everyone has said what a strong sense of community Ely has, there is a great kindness here and people coming together and helping each other.”
Chris Mann of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire also attended the evening. Chris is a fantastic supporter of the awards and was the MC for the Ceremony in June. Many of the Heroes have been interviewed on his morning show- Mann in the Morning.
Metro Rod Cambridge, main organisers of the event have been thrilled at the impact on the local community in just 2 years of organisation. Kevin Russell, Owner says “it is a great honour to have been able to once again support a local charity, this being Steel Bones. They provide such incredible support to civilian amputees which is much needed and to know that our donation can assist to further their work makes everyone involved with Ely Hero Awards very proud.”
Luke Smith from Infiniti Graphics in Ely, Co-organise the event, provide the branding and promotional materials. The team supplied the presentation slides for the evening.