December 7 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
Judges of the Stars of Norfolk Awards will have a tough choice tomorrow after more than 300 nominations for unsung heroes have been sent in.
■ 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
■ Volunteer of the Year
■ Armed Services Award of the Year
■ Police Person of the Year
■ Unsung Hero of the Year
■ Two Outstanding Achievement Awards
■ Small Business Community Support of the Year
More than 20 judges are due to meet at the EDP headquarters in Norwich tomorrow to shortlist the dozens of entries for the 17 different awards.
Included in the judging panel is George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council, and Hilary Cox, chairman of the council.
It will also feature representatives from the police, fire service, ambulance, large businesses, and the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.
Mrs Cox said: “Norfolk is blessed with volunteers and people who like to help. There are an awful lot of people who give a great deal of time to others. I’m looking forward to the challenge of being a judge but it is going to be difficult.”
Mr Nobbs said: “It is a brilliant initiative. Rewarding people for being outstanding is good. These awards are for unsung heroes and all over Norfolk and Suffolk we have people doing fantastic things which very few people know about. These people don’t seek reward but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve it.”
EDP and Norwich Evening News editor Nigel Pickover launched the Stars of Norfolk Awards in June at County Hall.
At the launch he said: “This is for ordinary folk who give everything but expect nothing. It is our way of saying thank you and the final evening will be very special. We will make dreams come true.”
The award categories range across every aspect of community life and include Carer of the Year; Hospital/Ambulance Person of the Year; Unsung Hero of the Year; and Team of the Year.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, on October 18. An overall winner will be chosen out of the final 17.
Mr Pickover hoped the new awards ceremony would be a culmination of different awards ceremonies across the county.
For the past five years the Stars of Suffolk Awards have been running and winners 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.
Mr Nobbs said he thought the Stars of Suffolk Awards were a huge success.
Nominations for the first Stars of Norfolk Awards have included Rees Coghlan, 87, from Charles Ewing Close, Aylsham.
Mr Coghlan was the founder trustee of the Aylsham Care Trust (ACT) which has run lunch clubs, a hospital transport service and day trips for mainly elderly people since 1985.
He is in the running for the Unsung Hero of the Year award.
Another nomineee is David Russell, 72, from Orchard Close, Roughton, who was senior flood warden for Sea Palling and Waxham for seven years until he recently stepped down.
He has been nominated for the Volunteer of the Year award.
His fiancée Mary Granville-White, 67, from Orchard Close, Roughton, said: “David is one of those people who has never spoken about what he has done. It is time he was recognised and I’m really chuffed he has been nominated. People seem to be coming to him all the time to get things done.”
Ellie Fairfoot, 18, from Christchurch Road, Norwich, was nominated for Young Person of the Year.
She helps look after her younger brother Rory, 16, who has autism and severe learning difficulties.
Miss Fairfoot makes sure he enjoys as many opportunities as possible.
She also helps other young disabled people as a support worker at a youth club at the Hamlet Centre in Norwich.