A selfless member of the Worcester community has beaten thousands of unsung volunteers and fundraisers to win a prestigious UK 'hero' award, it was revealed.
Becky Hurd, a sufferer of Parkinson's disease and money raiser for the Cure Parkinson's Trust, has won the coveted HiQ Hero accolade from the respected fast fit network.
She was presented with her award by Olympic gold medalist Sally Gunnell OBE in Birmingham, where she beat nine other shortlisted community members, each representing different regions of Britain.
As well as boasting the accolade of being the 'HiQ Hero' for 2010, Becky has also been presented with a cheque for £500 and a £5,000 cash sum to be spent on a worthy charity or project of her choice.
HiQ's heartfelt campaign caught the imagination of the nation who voted in their thousands to crown Becky their national hero.
Becky said: "I'm both delighted and humbled to win such a prestigious award amongst such great company in the other shortlisted contenders.
I was so shocked because the other nominations were equally worthy. I'm sure it was nigh on impossible for HiQ to select a winner. I now just hope I can continue raising awareness for the Cure Parkinson's Trust, where the money will be going. I'd like to thank my husband John and my little girl Mollie."
Sally Gunnell paid tribute to Becky and said she was an example for everyone to follow.
"I now can't walk or talk without drugs. There are 120,000 sufferers in the UK alone and I will keep working with the trust in the hope of finding a cure."
HiQ's retail director Peter Tye said: "We are all delighted for Becky. When we launched this campaign we wanted to honour the selfless people in our society who give so much time and energy for worthwhile causes, yet never wish for a thing in return.
"Becky embodied this and we were all delighted to see her collect her award.
"Our HiQ Hero campaign was huge for us and we were staggered by the amount of entries and the quality of those that entered.
"It has helped us position the HiQ fast fit network as a network of trust, with community heroes at each of our 150 centres nationwide."