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 Raising the Profile of the Town (individual) 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.
The Quarry Theatre is once again helping us find those individuals that want to put Bedford in the spotlight by supporting the Raising the Profile of the Town (individual) category.
Do you know someone who may have organised an event, campaigned to make our town better or shouted loud about the positives of Bedford on social media?
Whatever it is, tell us how they’ve helped shine a light on our borough.
“We are very excited to be sponsoring this award category once again,” said James Pharaoh, MBE, director of the Quarry Theatre.
“Bedford is such an incredible town and certainly when it comes to its arts, culture and heritage. Good luck to all the nominees!”
Please remember the nomination must be for activities carried out between January and December 2021.
2021 winner: Gareth Barber
Gareth Barber is the owner of Bedford’s grassroots music venue, Esquires.
His nominee said: “Gareth constantly raises the profile of the town through his involvement in live events through Pad Presents and also through being the owner of Esquires, an excellent music venue that brings people from far and wide.
“Not only that but his ‘Bedford isn’t sh*t’ logo has a massive following both locally and whenever I’ve worn the t-shirts further afield.”
Highly Commended: Mark Draper
Mark Draper has put Bedford on the map as a great destination for running thanks to his weekend racing festival.
With a fast flat course and lots of activities surrounding the races, it has become a highlight of Bedford’s events calendar – regardless of whether you’re taking part or not.
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.