What do Danny Moloney, Carly Gorton, and Karen Fulcher all have in common? 

They have all been named winners of the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards, of course! 

And now you, or someone you know, could also take home the same accolade. 

Every year, the best of the region's unsung heroes are recognised by the EDP at the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards. 

Eastern Daily Press: Danny MolooneyDanny Molooney (Image: Matt Potter Photography)

The awards shine a light on those in our community who have shown selfless acts of kindness, bravery or heroism. 

They are an opportunity to thank the groups, organisations, and individuals who have gone the extra mile across 12 different categories. 

Last year, the Overall Star award, which is decided by the judges, went to Danny Moloney.  

The 53-year-old, of Norwich, was nominated for his efforts raising more than £1m for charities and, most recently, helping children diagnosed with cancer.    

Eastern Daily Press: Carly GortonCarly Gorton (Image: Newsquest)

In 2021, Carly Gorton took home the crown.  

Then aged 11, the schoolgirl started a global change by getting a charity to create its first wig from afro hair. 

And in 2020, Karen Fulcher was given the award for working tirelessly during the pandemic to create 164 sets of scrubs and more than 500 washbags and masks. 

Eastern Daily Press: Karen FulcherKaren Fulcher (Image: Copyright Simon Finlay 2020)


Entries will close on October 1 and the finalists will be announced on November 10.   

The winners will be announced on November 30 and a special winners supplement will appear in the EDP on December 2.   

All of the finalists will be invited to a special afternoon event at The Assembly House on November 30.   

Nominations can be made at www.starsofnorfolk.co.uk   


Animal Hero of the Year, sponsored by Redwings Horse Sanctuary     

Carer of the Year     

Charity Hero of the Year, sponsored by Potters Friends Foundation   

Excellence in Education Award, sponsored by Step Teachers     

Lifetime Commitment to the Community Award, sponsored by Norwich Theatre       

NHS and Emergency Services Personnel of the Year     

Outstanding Bravery Act of the Year     

Team/Community Group of the Year     

Unsung Community Hero of the Year     

Young Person of the Year, sponsored by Vattenfall     

Non-entry categories:     

Judges' Special Award     

Overall Star of Norfolk & Waveney 

Eastern Daily Press: The sponsors of the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2023The sponsors of the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2023 (Image: Various)