Everyday Heroes Awards: Do you know a young Bedfordian who is a local hero?


We’re highlighting each category for the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards and today we’re looking at the Young Achiever award.

Our Everyday Heroes Awards 2021 are in partnership with The Harpur Trust and help recognise people who have made a difference to our Borough and made Bedford brilliant.

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.

Make your nominations at the form below

Young Achiever

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.

Tim Pain, Director of Verve Developments who own Bedford Heights said: “This is the second time we have sponsored the Young Achiever category and aligning ourselves with this group in society is something that is particularly important to us here at Bedford Heights.

“We feel strongly that our young people are given the opportunities and support they need to fulfil their true potential; recognising the achievements of the younger generation is just one way we can inspire and motivate them to make the changes that we need to see in the world.

“All too often young people are at the receiving end of negativity, when in fact they must be encouraged and nurtured so they are equipped to handle life’s challenges and contribute to society in a meaningful and positive way.

“Whilst we are a business centre, we have always sought to support the local community in which we operate, including our young people. Over the past few years, we have sponsored young individuals and teams.

“We are delighted to be a part of the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards once again, which shine a light on the true pillars of our local community.

“Huge thanks to the Bedford Independent and indeed all the other sponsors for making this happen and allowing us to celebrate the people that embody community spirit.”

You can tell us about an everyday hero who deserves to receive the Young Achiever award at the form below by 4 March 2022.

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.

2020 winner

Last year, Varun Bandi, was chosen as Bedford Borough’s young achiever.

The then 14-year-old, won due to his work forming the Wheelchair Racing section of the Bedford ad Country Athletic Club.

Varun, who is a wheelchair user himself, quickly adapted to racing wheelchairs and within six months, he was racing in the London mini marathon from Tower Bridge to Buckingham Palace – he finished 3rd for his age group.

He continued to post personal bests in track events during the summer of 2019 and was awarded the prize for the Young Disabled Sportsman of the year at the Bedford Sports Awards.

He also volunteered to work with the Backup Trust in London to help those under 13 with spinal injuries.

Highly commended: Cheyenne Circuitt

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.