Ballyclare has announced the ultimate winner of its recent ‘Everyday Hero’ competition is Joel Whittaker from Bristol. The competition gave members of the public the opportunity to nominate their own personal everyday hero, and awarded a number of weekly prizes to nominees before Joel emerged as the overall winner.

“We’re delighted Joel has won,” explained Ballyclare’s managing director, Carlton Greener. “ He was nominated by his girlfriend Amba Cooper and is a truly inspirational person, he is a very worthy winner. Despite having both Tourette’s Syndrome and Autism, Joel works hard to help others and he typifies what an everyday hero is.”

“Despite the negative comments he receives off people, the negativity Tourette’s gets from the general public, and their reactions, Joel works for Bristol Ambulance Service, “ added Amba. “He’s also done various charity events, and we’ve signed up for a charity marathon too! Joel will always be my everyday hero.”

“Our work as a manufacturer of workwear and protective clothing brings us into daily contact with people such as fire and rescue, rail and police personnel who make outstanding contributions to others on a daily basis,” continued Carlton Greener. “However, we organised the competition because we wanted to acknowledge the fact there are many people out there who never get the recognition they deserve, and yet each one of those people is a genuine hero to someone who knows them. Joel is a deserving winner, but everyone who was nominated in the competition should feel very proud of themselves too.”

Both Joel and Amba win an amazing Red Letter Day experience, which could be anything from a flight in a biplane or a supercar driving session, through to a hot air balloon ride or a luxury spa day.