This Thursday, the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards, in partnership with The Harpur Trust, will celebrate those who make Bedford brilliant.
The awards were established to recognise and reward those individuals and organisations who go the extra mile to enhance our Borough and/or help those in need.
Nominees for the 12 categories have been made by fellow Bedfordians, with a highly commended and winner chosen from our panel of judges.
“The Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards is not a popularity contest,” said Erica Roffe, managing editor of the Bedford Independent.
“Winners and those highly commended have been chosen on their own merit by our diverse panel of judges.
”It has been incredibly difficult to choose those winners and highly commended, every nominee is deserving of recognition and we are so proud to be able to highlight them all.”
You can read more about the nominees and what they have done to help make Bedford brilliant at the following articles:
- Excellence in Education nominees
- Unsung Heroes nominees
- Campaigner of the Year nominees
- Volunteer of the Year nominees
- Apprentice of the Year nominees
- Young Achiever nominees
- Community Business nominees
- Raising the Profile of the Town nominees
- Covid Hero (individual) nominees
- Covid Hero (organisation or business) nominees
- Independent Retailer of the Year nominees
- Fundraiser of the Year nominees
David Steadman, chief executive of The Harpur Trust, who have partnered with us in the awards, said: “The more that people in Bedford give their energy and skills, the better everyone’s lives will be.
“The people nominated represent hundreds of other unsung heroes in our community, who do so much to help without reward or recognition. I would like to send a thank you to all of you for everything that you do to make our community the wonderful place it is.”
Sadly due to lockdown restrictions, we are unable to do that but both the theatre and school have continued to add strength to these awards with guidance, advice and technical support.
“I have lived in many places, but in Bedford for only five years: this wonderful town is my favourite spot – and I am personally thrilled to play whatever part I can, too, said James Hodgson, headmaster at Bedford School.
“The Bedford Independent Awards: Everyday Heroes humble us all. They are a powerful reminder that we all have a part to play in the happiness and progress of our town, however large or small we individually feel that can be.”
While we cannot celebrate these awards together, we will still be doing our best to highlight the achievements of all nominees and those who are highly commended, as well as the overall winners, and you can take part too.