Everyday Heroes Awards: Who should be Bedford’s Volunteer of the Year 2023?

A volunteer at a Trussell Trust food bank (generic)
A volunteer at a Trussell Trust food bank (for illustrative purposes only)

Entries for the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards 2023, in partnership with the Harpur Trust, are now open, and we’re looking for individuals and teams who you think are brilliant Bedfordians.

Nominate a 2023 volunteer of the year here

We’ll be taking a closer look at each category in the run up to the nomination closing date, which is 31 January 2023, so you can make sure the Everyday Heroes of Bedford that you know are nominated for the recognition they deserve.

First up we’re looking at Volunteer of the Year. This category is supported by The Harpur Trust, who are also our award partners.

“We’re proud to partner with the Bedford Independent in hosting the Everyday Hero Awards again,” says Lucy Bardner, Harpur Trust Community Programmes Director.

“The awards ceremony just gets bigger and better each year, as more organisations and individuals get onboard celebrating the unsung heroes of the town.

“The awards complement our long-term strategy Together For Bedford which encourages everyone in Bedford to play their part in making ours a community where everyone can thrive.”

Speaking about Volunteer of the year Award, the category they have chosen to support, Lucy added, “So much amazing work takes place behind the scenes in Bedford, and these awards are really important in recognising the people who go over and above in making a positive impact on the lives of people in Bedford Borough.

“Help us to celebrate, by nominating someone you know who makes a difference in the community.”

Nominations close at midnight on 31 Janaury 2024 and must be for activities carried out between 1 January and 31 December 2023.

After judging, finalists will be invited along to an award ceremony hosted by Bedford School at The Quarry Theatre on the evening of 25 April 2024.

Nominate a 2023 volunteer of the year here

Volunteer of the Year

Do you know someone who tirelessly volunteers for a charity or good cause within Bedford Borough?

We all know we couldn’t do without obvious helpers like school governors, there are hundreds of people out there who don’t even realise they are volunteers but give their time for free every week to help others.

Whatever they do, we want to hear about how they’ve helped make Bedford a better place in their free time.

2022 winner: Robert Labe

Robert has given 50 years of voluntary service to support those in emotional distress in our communities.

He’s passionate about ensuring everyone’s supported in their time of need and he’s made it his life’s mission to ensure people get help when they need it most.

Nominate a 2023 volunteer of the year here

Volunteer of the Year Brian Labe (r) with David Steadman CEO The Harpur Trust at the Quarry Theatre for Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards 2022
Volunteer of the Year 2022 Brian Labe (r) with David Steadman CEO The Harpur Trust.

Highly Commended: Elizabeth Doherty

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