WREXHAM'S very own Friendship Hub has celebrated the first-ever Linton Award Nominees.

The Linton Gower Award was set up in memory of Linton Gower, a member of the Standard of Wrexham's Services (SWS) group for many years.

Linton had a learning difficulty and had experienced hardships in his life which he overcame with a smile and endless determination.

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Dennis Mills won the Enablement Award 2023 and Naomi Challoner won the Community Award 2023 which was hosted by the SWS group.

A Friendship Hub Wrexham spokesperson said: "He was a real mover and shaker in the SWS and in local advocacy for people with learning disabilities.

"We were devastated when Linton passed away during Covid. As a group, we decided to do some fundraising to get some flowers for his funeral because due to Covid we couldn’t attend.

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"We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our disabled community, as well as the generosity of Wrexham citizens.

"Linton clearly made an impact on the whole of Wrexham. We raised a lot of money in his memory. So we in the SWS paid for a memorial bench and then designed an award in Linton‘s name. The Linton Gower Award celebrates the achievements of people with disabilities such as enabling themselves and each other progress and helping the community.

"All these things were Linton’s personality and his legacy. We were proud to hand out the first Linton Gower awards."