Reading FC Community Trust representative Richard Witt was the recipient of the first ever Inspiration Award at the 2019 edition of the Pride of Reading Awards, which took place at Madejski Stadium on Friday 8th November.
Some famous sons and daughters of our town gathered in RG2 to recognise stellar contributions of all kinds that make Reading an amazing place to live.
And, newly for 2019, the Inspiration Award was handed out to recognise someone who has motivated, encouraged and influenced. And in our Community Trust’s Social Inclusion Manager, there was a worthy winner.
As a youngster Richard was an aspiring footballer, once part of our Academy – but after being released, he put his energies into helping others. Through his social inclusion work – one of the four key pillars of our Community Trust – he has made an impact on countless lives of people in the local area.
Take a look at the video above to see him being honoured in front of a packed crowd in the Princess Suite.
There was also a special message for the recipient of the Child of Courage Award.
Logan Edwards, who recently turned 9, was born with metopic craniosynostosis which meant that his skull had fused before birth – which in turn meant a 7-hour operation before his first birthday.
Even though his condition requires him to visit the John Radcliffe Hospital every six months to check on his ongoing progress, he meets every challenge he faces head on. He is a big football fan and his dream is to be a goalkeeper for Reading FC – which is why club captain Liam Moore and Royals goalie Sam Walker sent their messages of congratulations!
Watch the video above of Logan winning his award, and of the message sent by the Royals players.
There were other Royal connections, too. Amongst the audience were our CEO Nigel Howe and Sir John Madejski, and Matt Miazga and Lauren Bruton were guests at the event as well.
Former Reading captain Ady Williams presented the Charity of the Year Award to local charity Sport in Mind, while the Community Champion Award – which was sponsored by Reading FC – went to Eddie Winship to recognise his 20 years on the radio, where he was a keen promoter of all the great things happening across Reading including being a champion of smaller community groups and organisations.