A GROUP of Solihull residents were celebrating this week after being chosen as the winners of the Touchwood Gives appeal, and were each awarded an early Christmas present by the centre.
The winners were selected after a friend or relative nominated them for the appeal, which asked people to suggest the exceptional people in their lives they felt deserved the perfect Christmas present.
The appeal was inundated with entries, from those who spend their free time helping out in the community, to hard-working charity fundraisers and individuals who have always put their families and friends first.
Each winner came along to Touchwood to be presented with their prize by judges Cathrina Hulse, Solihull News reporter, and Touchwood marketing manager, Lucy Burnett. Gifts ranged from £250 shopping sprees, to a 32” TV and a supercar driving experience.
Nabeeda Naaz was selected as a winner of the appeal, which searches for those exceptional people who give all year, following a nomination by her sister, Naheeda, who wanted to recognise Nabeeda’s amazing efforts in raising money for the Heartlands Hospital, despite suffering from Cystic Fibrosis.
Naheeda said: “Every birthday or special occasion that Nabeeda receives money for she donates to the Cystic Fibrosis Ward at Heartlands Hospital and dedicates her time to raising money from charity walks to making greetings cards as well as personal donations.”
Other winners were Peter Dewell from Hall Green who was nominated by his wife Dolores for supporting her through her surgery, Jean Brown from Castle Bromwich who was voted for by her neighbour for always being there for her family and Denise Tomkinson from Solihull who was voted for by Sianne Noor for always putting other people first.
Lucy Burnett, marketing manager at Touchwood added: “We had some fantastic entries for the appeal and I would like to thank everyone who entered. It was a difficult decision but we managed to whittle it down.”