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Swansea handyman, Ash Heynes has been among the final 7 names who could win SGS Engineering’s 2022 Local Hero Awards.

Voting opens today, allowing the public to choose their winner.

There is £1,000 up for grabs for the trader who takes the trophy, as well as £250 for four regional runners-up.

The ‘local hero’ competition is organized by British manufacturer and retailer SGS Engineering, which seeks to reward craftsmen who go above and beyond for their local community.

Last year, hero builder Graham Nash of Pinnacle Builders in Leeds was crowned the top prize winner, when he won the public poll (with 39% of the 2,000+ votes), thanks to his incredible hard work for correct mistakes made by cowboy builders while working among ordinary people. Going beyond expectations, Mr. Nash even performed the corrections completely free of charge.

Public voting for this year’s edition is now open, allowing friends and family, as well as the wider community, to rally behind their local finalist in the hopes of securing a grand prize. £1,000, plus the honor of being named the country’s ‘Local Hero 2022’.

Four other regional finalists will win a cash prize of £250.

Closing of votes at 11:30 p.m. on Monday 2n/a May, and the winner and runners-up with the most votes will be announced on Thursday, 4and May.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order)…

Ash Haynes- Bruno’s eco-services (Swansea, Wales)

Ash has responded to the cost of living crisis and isolation caused by the pandemic by offering to do free gardening, cleaning and landscaping for those in need. Ash also kindly offered time to talk to anyone who needed company.

Band of builders(Wisbech, England)

A volunteer group of trade professionals, Band of Builders has raised thousands of pounds to help people living within their local community and beyond. Over the past year, they have partnered up to do free construction work for people in need across the country.

Darren McGhee– DMG Services Group (Bellshill, Scotland)

DMG services, a roofing company, went beyond offering free repairs to the elderly and also offered apprenticeships to the unemployed in the area.

James Anderson– Depher (Burley, England)

A kind-hearted plumber, James responded to the energy price crisis by continuing his fantastic work with Depher, which stands for Disability and Elderly Plumbing and Heating Emergency Repair.

Depher completed life-saving plumbing work for elderly and sick people in desperate need.

Naima Ben-Moussa – lady in red plaster (Buxton, England)

Naima is a plasterer who has thrived in a traditionally male-dominated industry, making headlines by free repairing walls destroyed by domestic abusers. More recently, she even started her own charity to help victims of domestic violence.

A transformation group (Pontypool, Wales)

Company volunteers have teamed up with other local businesses to create a beautiful garden for a local blind woman after a rogue builder left it in a sorry state.

Steve Parker– Parkers plumbing and bathroom installations (Northampton, England)

Steve is a plumber who has kindly offered to repair boilers for people aged 65 and over who live near his local village of Irchester over the winter.

Dave Gordon, Managing Director of SGS Engineering Explain: “The 2021 Local Hero Awards highlighted heartwarming stories during what has been a very difficult time for people across the country, including those who took elderly patrons out for fish dinner, and of course our winner Graham Nash, who bravely tackled the sloppy work of cowboy builders.

“As you browse through this year’s finalists, it’s fantastic to see a new generation of tradespeople doing wonders for people in their area and showing genuine kindness.

“It is now up to the UK to decide who will win this fantastic prize money. We are also very happy to announce that some of the regional finalists will each receive £250 in cash. It’s our way of saying thank you on behalf of those they’ve helped. »

You can vote online on the SGS Engineering website.

(Main image: Ash Heynes)