People’s stories inspire sponsors of our Pride in Bedfordshire awards

Pride in Bedfordshire 2015 winner of Unsung Heroine Anne Grant.
Pride in Bedfordshire 2015 winner of Unsung Heroine Anne Grant.

Inspiration by people’s stories is one reason why sponsors of our Pride in Bedfordshire awards want to support the community.

Nominations are now invited for the 2016 awards, to recognise the efforts of those unsung heroes and heroines, launched this year in association with the Harpur Trust and Costa, supported by Quantum Print.

The Pride in Bedfordshire awards will be presented at Bedford Corn Exchange on Thursday, November 3, with guest ​Jon Moses, a finalist in ITV’s Superstar.

The teams at sponsors Costa are always looking at ways they can help and support the community.

Kieron Whiley, Costa community engagement officer, said: “Costa is once again proud to be sponsoring the Pride in Bedfordshire awards and we are excited to join everyone at the presentation ceremony.

“It is always with great pride that we attend these events. It’s so inspiring to hear people’s stories as it gives us the opportunity to support and reward people in the Bedfordshire community.

“Our teams are dedicated to their customers and the community they serve, and always looking for ways to support their local community from providing reading books for schools, supporting stall holders at charity events or holding tea parties in store for unwell children and their families.

“We look forward to announcing the winner of the community award this year and wish everyone the best of luck with their entries.”

We want to hear from you about people in your community who have made a real difference.

The categories are:

Excellence in Education/Apprenticeship: sponsored by Costa

This award is for an individual or group who has enriched their lives through a commitment to learning, maybe an adult who has returned to education and achieved excellence in their chosen field, or someone young or older who inspires others with their enthusiasm and love for learning.

Volunteer of the Year: sponsored by BPHA Ltd

For an individual or organisation who gives freely and unselfishly of his or her time to help others, go above and beyond their role, inspire and motivate others to volunteer and have made an impact.

Care in the Community: ​sponsored by Harpur Trust

​This award recognises individuals who have shown incredible patience and understanding, often for many years, caring for and supporting a friend or loved one. This award recognises those who have cared for others without thought for themselves or any public recognition

Unsung Hero/Heroine: ​sponsored by Keens Shay Keens Ltd

​This award recognises the achievements of individuals or groups that go out of their way for others or their community as a whole. From spreading good news to voluntary support, this award is for people who are not recognised for their years of commitment.

Raising the profile of the town: ​sponsored by Eagle Ale

​This award is for someone who has actively promoted the town via press releases to local media. An individual or group who has worked towards making their area a safer or stronger community and promoted the positivity of the town outside the area.

Fundraiser of the Year: ​available to sponsor

​This award is to recognise the achievements of the many people that raise money for others. Many of these people so often go without recognition.

Courage & Kindness: ​available to sponsor

This award recognises the courage and/or kindness that individuals have shown in their lives. Courage may be in the face of a difficult or challenging situation or in the face of personal adversity or suffering. Kindness is about care and concern for others and is reflected in attitudes and actions towards others; kindness inspires kindness and can lead to a cycle of happiness.

Young Achiever: ​available to sponsor

​This award is for someone under 21 who has achieved great things in sport, represented their school, been involved in volunteer work, or achieved distinction in some other field. An individual who has gone above the expected and is setting new standards in a particular field.

The Harpur Trust will also sponsor a Winner of Winners award.

How to nominate

Full details of how to nominate someone for an award is at http://bedsprideawards.weebly.com

You can also email et.exhibitions@jpress.co.uk or call 01536 506123 for further details.

Please submit your nominations no later than October 5, 2016.