Commander’s wife takes region place in Pride of Britain Awards
8:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in Latest News
THE wife of 1 Yorks Comm-ander Lt Col Zac Stenning will represent the West Country at the 2013 Pride of Britain Awards next week, after winning the region’s Local Hero Award for her work supporting Army wives.
While her husband led the regiment on their tour of duty in Afghanistan at the start of 2012, Sarah Stenning supported the families left behind at Warminster Garrison and co-founded a Military Wives Choir.
She was put forward for the award by one of the wives from the regiment, before finding out last Friday that she had won the Pride of Britain Local Hero Award 2013 for the West Country.
The 47-year-old, who was up against three other nominees, will now represent the region at the national awards in a glitzy event hosted by Carol Vorderman on Monday.
Mrs Stenning said: “I really can’t believe it. I didn’t know anything about it, but one of the wives from the regiment nominated me and the next thing I knew I was being told that I had been put forward for the award.
“Shortly after, I was told that I had won the local hero award for the West Country region. I’m feeling a bit embarrassed, to be honest, because the award should go to all the military wives.
“They are all incredible ladies and this award is completely down to them. Last year was very hard for everyone, losing 10 soldiers in Afghanistan, and the choir was an important outlet for many of the women.
“You don’t realise how something like that can bring people together.”
The Pride of Britain Awards, which was founded in 1999 to celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people, will be shown on ITV1 on Tuesday at 8pm.
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