December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The finalists of the first ever Stars of Norfolk Awards have been shortlisted out of 302 impressive nominations for hard-working individuals and groups.
Carer of the Year
Henry Hughes, eight, whose twin sister Rebekah has Dravet Syndrome.
Andrea Myers who cares for her twin 18-year-old sons who are severely handicapped.
Childminder Debbie Coull
Young Person of the Year
Ellie Fairfoot, 18, who cares for her younger brother Rory who has autism.
Jamie Abbott, 16, who has Down’s Syndrome and is a Community Sports Foundation ambassador at Norwich City Football Club.
Tia Hutchinson, eight, who makes jewellery for charities.
Outstanding Sporting Achievement of the Year
Amie Hutchison, 16, who has represented Great Britain in the under 19 softball championships in Canada.
Rian Snell, nine, who had a kidney transplant aged three and won gold in several events at the Transplant Games in Sheffield this year.
Emily Crowe who is Norfolk and regional champion in gymnastics.
Community Group or Champion of the Year
Richard and Vanessa Draper, founders of Norfolk-based charity the Benjamin Foundation.
Mike and Rosie Hope who have given up every Christmas for the past 20 years to feed lonely and homeless people.
Linda Brown who runs the Norfolk Knitters group.
Outstanding Bravery of the Year
Joshua Allum who performed CPR in Norwich to a man he did not know while he was on a lunch break.
PC David Beggs who rescued a man from the River Wensum.
PC Martin Bentley who chased an offender despite being threatened and injured with a knife.
Hospital/Ambulance Person of the Year
Dr Tom Moore who has been a volunteer doctor with the East Anglian Air Ambulance for 12 years.
Nurse Abigail Law who was described as a role model.
Voluntary Community First Responder Nathan Liberman.
Team of the Year
Siblings Josh Wright, nine, Ben Wright, seven, and Ellie Wright, five, who organised a fund-raiser for the their sister who has cerebral palsy.
Bungay Town Football Club under 14 team.
Hopton in Bloom.
Search and Rescue Person of the Year
Lifeguard Max Moore who saved the life of a teenage girl.
Hunstanton RNLI hovercraft team which saved the life of a family off Brancaster.
Stephen Postle, search controller for Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue team.
Fire Service Person of the Year
Ben the arson detecting dog and handler Peter Abbs.
Ken Weston-Gare, Wymondham watch manager, who works with Wymondham’s fire cadet unit.
Firefighter Jim Golder.
Volunteer of the Year
Duncan Green who volunteers with Victim Support and Nelson’s Jouney.
Eric Bambridge, 90, who has volunteered for 20 years.
Tilly Vivian who has volunteered at the Gorleston hospital for 21 years.
Armed Services Award of the Year
LCoH Tim Baker, 26, member of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, who was seriously injured in Afghanistan.
Craig Richardson, former RAF Regiment senior aircraftman, who lost half his leg in an explosion in Afghanistan. He ran the London Marathon last year for charity.
The Light Dragoon Wives’ Club which has raised thousands of pounds for the Light Dragoons Colonel’s Appeal which supports inujured servicemen and their families.
Police Person of the Year
PC Forbes Scott and PC Matt Gouldsmith who save the life of a 51-year-old man who was slashed in the face and neck in Norwich.
PCSO Graham Aldridge who is dedicated to the Prince of Wales Road and Rose Lane area.
Det Chief Insp Rickie Botwright and Det Sgt Gary Dack who helped in a human trafficking investigation.
Unsung Hero of the Year
Joyce Hammond, 83, who has been a member of the Dickleburgh Royal British Legion women’s section for 60 years.
Jeannette Overton who set up the Reepham Patient Care Fund in 1991 to provide equipment for the elderly and disabled in Reepham.
Eric Bambridge, 90, who is a great ambassador for volunteering.
Small Business Community Support of the Year
Clinks Care Farm which is a rural social enterprise and provides placements for people who suffer with mental health issues and disadvantaged people.
Duncan Pearson who set up a local store with Post Office facilities.
Emplyoment agency MINT which helps people aged between 16 and 25 with learning difficulties.
Winners of the event, which celebrate unsung heroes from across the county, will be announced at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, on Friday October 18.
The 12 judges made the difficult decisions today at EDP headquarters in Norwich.
EDP editor Nigel Pickover said: “I’m humbled and overwhelmed by the amount of entries. It shows there are enormous amount of people doing wonderful things around the county.”
He told the judges: “The Stars of Nofolk event will be a night you will take away with you for the rest of your life. The stories will be magnificent. It will be fantastic.”
The number of entries was double the amount of the most successful Stars of Suffolk Awards, which have been run by the EDP’s sister paper the East Anglian Daily Times for five years.
Chairman of Norfolk County Council Hilary Cox, one of the judges, said: “It was quite apparent there are some outstanding categories proving there is a wide range of good folk in the county.
“The amount of entries was overwhelming and it goes to show how Norfolk is blessed with good people.”
Another judge, Andrew Hopkins chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I’m amazed by the number and quality of the applications. There are amazing stories of people who go above and beyond the call of duty.”
Graham Tuttle, chief executive of the Norfolk Community Foundation, who was on the same judging team as Mr Hopkins said: “I would like to thank the people who made the nominations because without them we would not be able to celebrate these people.”
The 14 categories are Carer of the Year; Young Person of the Year; Outstanding Sporting Achievement of the Year; Community Group or Champion of the Year; Outstanding Bravery of the Year; Hospital/Ambulance Person of the Year; Team of the Year; Search and Rescue Person of the Year; Fire Service Person of the Year; Volunter of the Year; Armed Services Award of the Year; Police Person of the Year; Unsung Hero of the Year; and Small Business Community Support of the Year.
The most number of nominations was 55 for the volunteer category and deliberations over the finalists and winners lasted for more than two hours.
Other judges included county council leader George Nobbs; chief fire officer for Norfolk Fire Service Nigel Williams; Jess Gallagher from UK Power Networks; chief executive officer for Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind Max Marriner; BBC Radio Norfolk editor David Clayton; and Peter Joyner from Shorthose Russell marketing agency.
Mr Williams said: “The awards are a fantastic idea. As a judge there are so many deserving people who do so many deserving things. Everyone who has been nominated are all winners and it has been difficult to pick one winner. I’m looking forward to a fantastic evening.”
The awards night will be held in the evening and presented by BBC Look East and BBC Radio Norfolk presenter David Whiteley.
At the awards launch, held in June at County Hall, Mr Pickover said he hoped the new awards ceremony would be a culmination of different awards ceremonies across the county.
Previous winners in the similar Stars of Suffolk Awards have included an 11-year-old boy from Ipswich who set up a brain tumour foundation and a police officer who was stabbed and nearly died.
Organiser Mick Parker said: “The awards night looks set to be powerful, emotional and rewarding and we are all looking forward to an event which is sprinkled with stardust.”