ROB Vaughan praised his “amazing team” of teaching staff who provide much-needed support to some of the most vulnerable children in St Helens.

The 46-year-old is in charge of Launchpad Tuition, a service which delivers education to pupils with complex or medical needs.

Without the service, which is based at The Beacon Building on College Street, students would potentially struggle if they studied in a mainstream school.

Tuition services manager Rob, who lives in St Helens, said: “I am part of an amazing team and I would like to thank them for this award.

“They go above and beyond every day for some of the most vulnerable pupils.

“One of the parents said the place is a sanctuary full of hope and positivity.

“I love my job – it is a joy to go to work every day.”

Richard Owen, who led Thatto Heath Crusaders through the most successful period in the amateur rugby league club’s history, was highly commended.

The club went on a run in the Challenge Cup in which they made it to the fifth round of the competition.

In the league, the Crusaders defeated NCL Premier League leaders Wath Brow Hornets 18-12 in Cumbria to grab a spot in the Grand Final.

But they were beaten 18-14 by West Hull in the final in a match won by a try in golden-point extra time.

Simon Foster, who gives resident Dame pantomime performances at St Helens Theatre Royal, was shortlisted as well.

When he is not clad in drag makeup and dresses, the 44-year-old also runs a youth group called the Royal Theatre Drama Association (RTDA).