Everyday Heroes Awards 2022: Nominate your ‘Unsung Hero’ today

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Unsung Hero winner Heidi Killman with Ed Robinson from Brewpoint
2021 Unsung Hero winner Heidi Killman with Ed Robinson from Brewpoint

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 last couple of weeks, we’ve been highlighting each award category ahead of the closing date for nominations on 3 March 2023.

Today’s award in the spotlight is ‘Unsung Hero’, sponsored by Brewpoint.
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 Unsung Hero 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.

Unsung Hero

We’re really pleased to have Brewpoint join us once again, supporting the Unsung Hero category.

Brewpoint front entrance summer
Image: Brewpoint

The Unsung Hero award recognises someone who looks out for their neighbours, gives back to their community or has recently shown an act of bravery.

This is our broadest category, and we want to hear inspirational stories about great Bedfordians.

So, if you know someone who has done something outstanding to help others, that doesn’t fit into any of our other categories, then this is the award for them.

Jackie Black of Brewpoint, said: “The Brewpoint Brewery in Bedford is excited to sponsor the category of ‘Unsung Hero’ for the second year in a row.

“This is such a deserving award that shines a light on those wonderful people that selflessly seek to help others with no recognition.

“By sponsoring these awards we aim to give thanks and offer encouragement to the many other ‘Unsung Heros’ in Bedford.

“Without all of them, our town would not be the same.  We are Bedford’s local independent brewery, run by a fifth-generation family of craft brewers. Our core value is to continue supporting our local community.

“Thanks to The Bedford Independent for this opportunity and thanks to all the ‘Unsung Heros’ out there.”

You can tell us about an everyday hero who deserves to receive the Unsung Hero award at the form below by 3 March 2023.

Nominate someone for the Unsung Hero award, or any of the other categories here

Please remember the nomination must be for activities carried out between January and December 2022.

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

2021 winner – Heidi Kilman

Why they won: Heidi is a funeral director who has been working continuously throughout the pandemic, under very difficult circumstances.

As funerals were affected by the changing restrictions and services have had to be adapted, Heidi supported families that weren’t able to attend the funerals of their loved ones while continually organising the services under challenging conditions.

Heidi’s nominee said: “Attending funerals in place of families is a responsibility that I know Heidi would take very seriously.”

In addition, Heidi and her partner Debs helped out in their community during the pandemic.

“Heidi provides support as part of her job, but it is the care and compassion she shows to her friends, neighbours and those in the community which show her to be a true unsung hero.”

Highly Commended: Stuart and Isabel Grant

Unsung Hero Highly Commended Stuart and Isabel Grant with Ed Robinson from Brewpoint
Unsung Hero Highly Commended Stuart and Isabel Grant with Ed Robinson from Brewpoint

As residents of St Bede’s Retirement Village, Stuart and Isabel run fundraising events and socials for their community including a jubilee party, carol service and cinema nights.

During lockdown, Stuart created a newsletter to keep the residents in contact while they were isolating.

Nominate someone for the Unsung Hero award, or any of the other categories here

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.

 
 
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