December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 23, 2013
There is only one more week to go to nominate your unsung community hero for the Stars of Norfolk Awards.
More than 20 judges will be looking at the dozens of entries for the event which celebrates people across the county at the EDP headquarters in Norwich on Tuesday October 1.
The awards, which were launched in June, have attracted more than 200 nominations and the categories range from Search and Rescue Person of the Year and Police Person of the Year to Fire Service Person of the Year and Small Business Community Support of the Year.
The winners will be announced on October 18 at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich.
Organiser Mick Parker said: “The Stars of Norfolk Awards have met with the most amazing response from the people of Norfolk. We have some wonderful nominations which will give the judges a very difficult task.
“The awards night looks set to be a powerful, emotional and rewarding ceremony and we are all looking forward to an event which is sprinkled with stardust.”
Judges include representatives from the police, fire service, ambulance service, businesses, and the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.
The chairman of Norfolk County Council, Hilary Cox, and leader of the council, George Nobbs, will also be judging some of the entries.
One of the nominations for the Armed Services Award of the Year is the Light Dragoons Wives Club, based at the Robertson Barracks at Swanton Morley, near Dereham.
Capt Charlie Dunn, adjutant on the Swanton Morley army base, said: “There has always been a wives club, ever since we came to Norfolk. The members are from across the country and get together to organise things and look after each other. “I thought they needed recognition for their extraordinary charity work over the last two years.”
They have raised £10,000 for the Light Dragoons Colonel’s Appeal, which was set up in 2009.
Money from the appeal supports the families of Light Dragoon servicemen who are wounded while on operations or regimental service, and the families of soldiers killed in action. So far the fund has raised nearly £1m.
The wives club raised the money through organising and posing in a calendar last year and completing a 50-mile walk over two days from Cromer to Hunstanton in May this year. Currently, there are about 60 women in the club who arrange coffee mornings, book clubs and general get-togethers on a regular basis.
For more information about the Light Dragoons Colonel’s Appeal visit www.ldcolonelsappeal.com.
The closing date for nominations for the Stars of Norfolk Awards is Monday, September 30.
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