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‘Aim high, work hard and you will achieve’ says Fratton-born MP launching new local awards

Fratton Big Local and Stephen Morgan MP jointly launch a bid to recognise ward-wide talent

Stephen Morgan MP, who was born and raised in Fratton and attended local schools, has co-created with Fratton Big Local, the first-ever ‘Inspiring Fratton’ awards. The awards, which seek to celebrate the achievements of people within the Fratton area, dictate that nominees must either work or live in the ward. 

Since being elected the MP has been visiting local schools in the ward and supporting the Fratton Big Local, an initiative backed by £1m of Big Lottery funding to improve life for all in the area.

The Portsmouth South MP said:

“As someone who was born and raised in Fratton, I know that there are certain people in the community who go out of their way to enrich their local area, day in day out.

These are the people that make Fratton not just a place to live, but a place to call home. From inspiring teachers to budding sportspeople, these are the individuals who make Fratton a place in Portsmouth to be proud of. 

The Inspiring Fratton Awards is a means to celebrate the actions of those who make the area what it is and an opportunity for the local community to recognise talent and commitment in their area.”

The initiative was the brain-child a group of local people who met with Mr Morgan to see how aspirations could be raised in the area.

There are a number of categories in the awards process to reflect the cross-section of the ward and to encourage a range of people to be given the opportunity to be recognised. 

Mr Morgan has said:

“I never thought I boy from Fratton could one day represent the city he loves in Parliament. Not a day goes by when I don’t pinch myself about that opportunity and privilege. So my message to every person, and especially all young people in Fratton, is this: aim high, work hard, and you will achieve.

I hope these awards in partnership with the fantastic team at Fratton Big Local show that where you are born, shouldn’t determine where you end up in life”.

If you think you know someone who makes Fratton shine a bit brighter, please nominate using the following link: