Everyday Heroes Awards: Time to say “thank you” to Bedford Borough’s covid heroes

Chiara McCall - coronavirus photography project

Nominations for this year’s Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards close next week and so we’ve been looking at all the categories more closely. Today we’re looking at a special category created for the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Last year we added two awards to say “thank you” to those who had helped their communities in Bedford Borough during the coronavirus pandemic.

With the impacts of covid-19 continuing, we decided to keep this category in place for this year’s awards too.

Covid Hero (individual)

This award honours an individual who has gone above and beyond in any capacity during the pandemic and is supported by Explore Bedford who work with local business and organisations to promote great things about our Borough.

Katrina Allen, from Explore Bedford, says this category will show exactly how brilliant Bedfordians can be when needed.

“After what has been a truly difficult couple of years for everyone, I’m looking forward to judging the nominations for the Covid Hero award,” she said.

“We’ve all been buoyed by stories in the media of everyday heroes throughout this crisis, so although it will be difficult to pick one winner from what I’m sure will be tonnes of entries, it will be wonderful to honour someone who has gone above and beyond to help others.

“Here at Explore Bedford, we know this town has so much to offer, but really it all comes down to the people of the town to make it somewhere special to live or visit.”

Covid Hero (team)

We also have an award in the same category that honours a business/organisation that has gone above and beyond in any capacity during the pandemic.

We’re really pleased to have this award supported by Bedford Foodbank to help raise awareness of the invaluable work they do to help Bedfordians.

The Bedford Foodbank, believe that no one in our community should have to face going hungry.

That’s why they provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis.

They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

To find out more about the Bedford Foodbank, head to their website.

You can tell us who deserves to receive the Covid Hero, individual or team, 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 winners

The winner of last year’s Covid Heroes categories were Dine With Us Community Larder (team) and Jaswinder Kumar (individual).

Dine with Us Community Larder repurposes unsold food and allows those in need to make use of it 52 weeks of the year. This service did not halt or decrease during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, the demands increased as members of the community struggled financially.

Highly commended: FACES

Jaswinder Kumar of the Sri Ravidass Sabha Bedford has been put forward for “his unbelievable dedication to our Bedford community” said his nominator.

He led a team of people to put the community first, delivering 18,000 meals in 103 days during the first lockdown.

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.