Everyday Heroes Awards 2022: Nominate now for the Young Achiever award

Young Achiever Individual winner Ammaar Shaikh with Lindsay Ephgrave from Bedford Heights
2021 Young Achiever Individual winner Ammaar Shaikh with Lindsay Ephgrave from Bedford Heights

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.

Today’s award in the spotlight is ‘Young Achiever’, sponsored by Bedford Heights.

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.

Young Achiever sponsored by Bedford Heights

Bedford Heights are once again helping shine a light on Bedford Borough’s younger generations, supporting the Young Achiever category.

Bedford Heights is sponsoring the award for the third year

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.

“The Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards provide a rare opportunity to celebrate people doing incredible things who would otherwise go unnoticed and unrecognised for their service, dedication and achievements,” said Tim Pain, director of Verve Developments, owners of Bedford Heights.
“For a town the size of Bedford, it is remarkable just how many nominations are received across all the categories, from sports, charity and business to health and young people.
“At a time when it feels as though we jump from one crisis to another, these awards are a welcome chance to pause, reflect and appreciate people in our community contributing to society in a meaningful way. 
“This will be Bedford Heights’ third year sponsoring the Young Achiever category and we are always humbled by those nominated. Bedford’s young people are the town’s future leaders, business owners, teachers and medical professionals and we are proud to play a part in inspiring the next generation.”

Please remember the nomination must be for activities carried out between January and December 2021.

You can also access the form here, or a downloadable form is available upon request here.

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.