Phil Hume recognised at the Anthony Walker Foundation Awards and Gala Dinner

Everyone at People First Merseyside is extremely proud of Phil Hume who received an award for his hate crime work across Sefton. He attended The Anthony Walker Foundation Gala Dinner  to receive his award, This is his story.

“On Saturday 17th  October I had the privilege and honour to attend the Anthony Walker Gala Dinner Awards, a  celebration of Anthony Walkers life, with entertainment, raffle and award ceremony, made even more special as last week was Hate Crime Week.

Within the last 3 years I have had the privilege to deliver hate crime training alongside Gerrie McConaghy from SIGMA hate crime unit and Paul McCann from Sefton Borough Council to carers, families and staff. My work is to raise awareness of disability hate crime, to stop hate crime around Sefton and for people with learning disabilities to know how to report a hate crime if it happens to them or if they are a witness to a hate crime they would have the confidence to come forward and report it.

With all of the training I have been doing over this time my voice has been heard and I am overwhelmed when I heard that I myself was going to receive an award in recognition of my work.

It was a magical night, a night I never thought would happen.

We arrived at the Titanic Hotel to the sound of  The Batala Merseyside Drum  group  we went in, had a drink and waited to be seated. The room was beautiful we were sat on table 25 with other guests.

We were entertained by Sense of sound Gospel Choir, Kelly and Hayli and MD Productions dance company.

We enjoyed a fantastic meal with great company.

When the award ceremony began Norma Kielty-Crummey was asked to present the awards, I was honoured to receive an award in recognition of my work by the Anthony Walker Foundation.

When I was introduced by Norma I got quite emotional but proud of what I had done and achieved to help my colleagues around Sefton. ” 

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