Unsung heroes celebrated at EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 

Jacob Gravestock, winner of the Judges Special Award at the EDP Star of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2020.

Jacob Gravestock, winner of the Judges Special Award at the EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2020. - Credit: Simon Finlay Photography

An intimate and poignant presentation to recognise the region’s unsung heroes took place in the heart of Norwich. 

The EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards, supported by headline sponsor, developer Hopkins Homes, were created to thank those in our community who have shown selfless acts of kindness, heroism, and bravery. 

Featuring 13 categories - including outstanding bravery and charity heroes - businesses, foundations, educational services, and councils sponsored the awards. 

Karen Fulcher, the winner of the Unsung Hero and the Overall Star awards at the EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2020.

Karen Fulcher, the winner of the Unsung Hero and the Overall Star awards at the EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2020. - Credit: Simon Finlay Photography

Karen Fulcher, of Norwich, won the Overall Star of Norfolk and Waveney category, which was also sponsored by Hopkins Homes. 

She was nominated for her exceptional efforts, making 164 scrubs and over 500 washbags and masks donated to various NHS organisations around the county and London.  


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She described being nominated as “a complete surprise”. 

“I am overcome with emotion and feel truly honoured,” she added. 

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Held at Norwich Cathedral, in the city centre, the award presentations took place on Friday, December 11. 

The EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2020 were held on Friday.

The EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2020 were held on Friday. - Credit: Simon Finlay Photography

David Powles, editor of the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News, said: "In really tough circumstances, I'm delighted and proud that we were still able to put on a memorable Stars of Norfolk and Waveney 2020 event, that complied with all the relevant safety precautions, but also enabled us to give the winners the recognition they deserve. 

"I give my thanks to our main sponsor Hopkins Homes, our category sponsors and their representatives on the day, the Lord-Lieutenant for Norfolk Lady Dannatt, MBE, her deputy Paris Back, the Norwich Cathedral, the Norwich Theatre Royal and the EDP team who worked so hard on the event, for all their support. 

“We had so many entrants this year, a testament to the many dedicated, thoughtful, brave, and brilliant people across the region. I can't wait for the event to return as normal in 2021.” 

The EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2020 took place on Friday, December 11. 

The EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2020 took place on Friday, December 11. - Credit: Simon Finlay Photography

Other winners included carer Ragna Page, of East Winch, winner of the Carer of the Year category who looks after her friend Sue and her husband. 

Clive Evans, of Surlingham, was crowned the winner of the Charity Hero of the Year award for his dedication and services to end-of-life care as an ambassador for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice. 

And Melanie Lord, of Lowestoft, was announced as Community Hero of the Year for her outstanding work trying to make her local community more inclusive, especially during the pandemic when she created free, printable social stories to help those with additional needs. 

DC Verity Holmes was the Police/Fire Person of the Year award winner at the EDP Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2020.

DC Verity Holmes was the Police/Fire Person of the Year award winner at the EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2020. - Credit: Simon Finlay Photography

Joshua Hopkins, of Hopkins Homes and The Hopkins Charitable Fund, said: "This year has brought about some of the most significant challenges for our communities in a generation. Yet, what it has highlighted is that there are heroes without capes on every street and that we can be very proud of the incredible community spirit that exists in our region.” 

And while the awards ceremony was very different this year, he added, everyone had been "very much looking forward to celebrating the efforts and achievements" of the unsung heroes. 

Theatre Royal Norwich is providing a pair of tickets for a show of each winner’s choice at Norwich Theatre Royal or Norwich Playhouse and a special VIP trip for four people to see the show of their choice for the Overall Star of Norfolk and Waveney winner. 

Ashtons Legal is also giving the winner and finalists in the Young Person of the Year category a £50 voucher. 

See Tuesday's EDP for an twelve-page special supplement from the event, featuring all the winners and their stories. 

The EDP Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2020 are held to celebrate those who go above and beyond for their communities. 

The EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2020 are held to celebrate those who go above and beyond for their communities. - Credit: Simon Finlay Photography

EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2020 winners: 

Carer of the Year award, sponsored by Castlemeadow Care - Ragna Page

Charity Hero of the Year award, sponsored by East Anglian Air Ambulance – Clive Evans 

Community Hero of the Year award, sponsored by Hopestead – Melanie Lord 

Education Hero of the Year, sponsored by City College Norwich – George King 

NHS Person of the Year, sponsored by ProStyle Tile & Bathroom Specialist – Jessica Brunet 

Outstanding Bravery Act of the Year, sponsored by Norfolk’s cancer charity Big C – Colin Plummer 

Police/Fire Person of the Year, sponsored by Breckland Council – DC Verity Holmes 

Team/Community Group of the Year, sponsored by Norfolk Community Foundation – (remove The) Norfolk Scrubs Volunteers 

Karen Fulcher, winner of the Overall Star of the Year award at the EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2020.

Karen Fulcher, winner of the Overall Star of the Year award at the EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2020. - Credit: Simon Finlay Photography

Unsung Hero/Heroine of the Year, sponsored by Norwich Research Park – Karen Fulcher 

Village/Town of the Year, sponsored by Lovewell Blake – Halesworth 

Young Person of the Year, sponsored by Ashtons Legal – Liam Kelly 

Judges’ Special Award, sponsored by Hopestead – Bob and Angie Cossey, and Jacob Gravestock 

Overall Star, sponsored by Hopkins Homes – Karen Fulcher 

Young Person of the Year award winner Liam Kelly.

Young Person of the Year award winner Liam Kelly. - Credit: Simon Finlay Photography


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