Everyday Heroes Awards: Who are Bedford’s best fundraisers?

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Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards nominations close next week and we’ve been looking at all the categories more closely, so you can see how we’re helping say “thank you” to those who make Bedford Borough brilliant.

Today we’ve come to the last of our categories that we’re looking at more closely, our Fundraiser of the Year.

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.

Bedford is well known as one of the country’s most charitable towns, and so it seems only fitting that we have categories to celebrate generous Bedfordians.

Fundraiser of the Year (Individual)

Supported by White Hart Press, our individual fundraiser award is for someone who has worked hard to raise awareness and cash for their chosen charity.

Whatever they’ve raised funds for, and no matter how much, we want to hear the creative ways they gained support and why it was important to them to support their cause. Individuals will be judged on passion, creativity and commitment to their cause.

Daniel O’Loughlin at White Hart Press said: “White Hart Press are proud to be associated with the Everyday Heroes Awards supporting the Fundraising category.

“Fundraising within Bedford is very close to our hearts. We have always admired those inspiring people who stand up and take notice, showing good stewardship for long-lasting impacts from their fundraising efforts.

“When the community of Bedford sees that there is a fundraising success they will inevitably jump on board and this is what we love about our town.

“We wish all nominees the very best of luck in this award.”

Fundraiser of the Year (Team)

Of course, it’s not just individuals who work hard to support charitable causes, so this year we’ve created a team award too.

We’re also looking for a team* who has worked hard to raise awareness and cash for their chosen charity, and they’ll be judged on the same attributes as individuals.

Our fundraising team award is sponsored by Polam School.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the award for Best Team Fundraiser of the Year in the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards,” says Sam Pearce from the school

“There is a quote that says ‘Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success’ and when a group of individuals with a shared passion and cause come together, amazing things can be achieved.

“Teamwork has been so important over the last two years, and people have come together in ways like never before, to help their communities.

“And with organisations losing out on opportunities to raise funds and earn revenue, people that have continued to fundraise during difficult times should be appreciated more than ever.

As we work in school towards preparing the next generation of local children to be brilliant Bedfordians, as enthusiastic learners and kind human beings, we are proud to shine a light and recognise current Bedfordians who are using their passion, creativity and kindness to help others.”

*Two or more people

You can tell us who deserves to receive the Fundraiser of the year, 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

We had just one winter of the fundraiser award last year, which means whoever you nominate will be the first recipient of these above awards, giving them a chance to feel even more special.

Last year’s winner was Emma Garret, who is well known as the former owner of the Kiosk and Pavilion in the Park.

After battling cancer since 2009, Emma’s beloved husband died on 22 December 2018. Coping with grief and staying strong for her five children Emma has also raised extraordinary funds for St. John’s Hospice Bedford, Primrose unit and the Bobby Moore fund.

She has done this through Challenge 51 – a remarkable series of events including jazz performances, sponsored walks, brunch, lunch, climbing, running, marathons and Mount Kenya. All this on top of Soupfest 2019 for the homeless and running her two café businesses. “She is extraordinary. She is strong.”

Highly commended: Paul Kellet

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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