Now in its third year, the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Award, in partnership with The Harpur Trust, recognise people who have made a difference to our Borough and who make Bedford brilliant.
Over the next couple of weeks, we’re highlighting each award category ahead of the closing date for nominations on 3 March 2023.
And with nominations coming in fast, it’s going to be a tough job for our judges to choose the finalists, who will all be invited to join us at our awards ceremony hosted by Bedford School at the Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’s.
To nominate an everyday hero who deserves to receive the Young Achiever award, please complete the nomination form below by 3 March 2023.
Please remember the nomination must be for activities carried out between January and December 2022.
You can find the nomination form here.
Bedford Heights are once again helping shine a light on Bedford Borough’s younger generations, supporting the Young Achiever category.
This award honours an individual aged 21 or under who has achieved over and above the expected.
Our judges will be looking for young people showing sporting, community or charitable excellence and the positive impact it has on Bedford Borough.
Please remember the nomination must be for activities carried out between January and December 2021.
2021 winner: Ammaar Shaikh
Last year’s winner was Ammaar Shaikh and their nominator said: “Throughout lockdown Ammaar worked as part of a knock and drop scheme supporting those in need in Bedford Borough.
“He is chairman of the St Vincent De Paul Society and led virtual activities to care homes when it wasn’t safe to visit them. He also arranged food collections in his school for disadvantaged families.
“In the Autumn term, he volunteered to teach a Syrian refugee Maths to support him in a GCSE Maths resit that the young man needed to access an ICT course at college.
“Ammaar is also our Head Boy and goes above and beyond within his role supporting students and staff throughout the school.”
Highly Commended: Will Roberts
Will, who has always had a passion for rugby, showed great entrepreneurial talent when he developed his ‘Young Rugby’ idea into a successful social media brand and, in doing so, has helped bring many young players closer to the professional world of the sport.
Off the back of the Young Rugby brand, Will has already, at the age of 16, established himself as a sought-after rugby commentator. He regularly works with NextGenXV, commentating on their coverage of schoolboy rugby and was recently appointed Lead Commentator at Bedford Football Club.
You can find out more about the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards, in partnership with The Harpur Trust, and the other categories open for entries here.