It’s time to get behind Bedford’s brilliant everyday heroes

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Superhero Awards

Bedford’s everyday heroes living next door, up the road, or in a village nearby are to be celebrated once again, with awards that recognise those people who make Bedford brilliant.

Entries for the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards 2021, in partnership with the Harpur Trust, will open on 9 November and will focus on individuals and teams.

“This is a great chance for everyone to get behind Bedford’s Heroes and say ‘thank you’ for what they do,” said co-managing editor at the Bedford Independent Paul Hutchinson.

“It could be someone who looks out for vulnerable people in the neighbourhood, raises money for charity or has excelled in their studies. If you think they’re a hero nominate them.”

Get behind brilliant Bedfordians

After the success of the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards 2020, the Harpur Trust has become the awards partner for another year.

Read: Everyday Heroes 2020 winners: These are the people who make Bedford brilliant

An awards ceremony is also planned for 28 April 2022, which will be once again be hosted by Bedford School at our venue sponsor the Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’s.

But more businesses are being encouraged to get behind the awards.

While Bedford Independent readers can show their appreciation by nominating local heroes, businesses can show their love for brilliant Bedfordians by supporting one of the award categories.

“We’re so grateful to those sponsors who have already decided to get behind Bedford people and join us in celebrating what they’ve done to make Bedford brilliant,” added the Bedford Independent’s commercial director, Julia Course-Crofts.

“Collaborating with local businesses and local people is at the core of what we do at the Bedford Independent and these awards are made possible by those businesses who want to give Bedford’s heroes a ‘high five'”.

Categories

The Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards 2021 will focus on individuals and teams, with separate awards for businesses and registered charities coming later in the year.

If you’d like to support any of the categories below, choose one not already sponsored and contact Julia@BedfordIndependent.co.uk.

Young Achiever (Individual) sponsored by Bedford Heights

This award honours an individual aged 21 or under who has achieved over and above the expected. We’re looking for young people showing sporting, community or charitable excellence and the positive impact it has on Bedford Borough.

Raising the Profile of the Town (Individual) sponsored by The Quarry at St. Lukes

Do you know someone who has achieved something that has put Bedford Borough on the map? If so, this award is for them. As an individual, they may have organised an event, campaigned to make our town better, or shouted loud about the positives of Bedford on social media. Whatever it is, tell us how they’ve helped shine a light on our borough.

Raising the Profile of the Town (Team) sponsored by Bedford Radio

If you know of a group of people or an organisation that helps Bedford punch above its weight then this is the award you need to nominate them for.

We’re looking for teams* who have organised events, promoted Bedford as a great place to come or consistently delivered great things to see and do for local people. If they help make Bedford a great place to live then we want to celebrate what they do.

*Two or more people

Fundraiser of the Year (Individual) sponsored by White Hart Press

We’re looking 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.

Fundraiser of the Year (Team) sponsored by Polam School

We’re looking for a team* 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.

*Two or more people

Excellence in Education sponsored by Bedford School

An award that recognises excellence from an induvial in teaching, coaching or other educational disciplines. We’re looking for someone who has gone above and beyond in helping a young person or class to recognise their potential and shine.

Volunteer of the Year sponsored by The Harpur Trust

Do you know someone who tirelessly volunteers for a charity or good cause within Bedford Borough? Whatever they do, we want to hear about how they’ve helped make Bedford a better place in their free time.

Unsung Hero sponsored by Brewpoint

This could be to recognise 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.

Covid Hero – Individual sponsored by Explore Bedford

This award honours an individual who has gone above and beyond in any capacity during the pandemic

Covid Hero – Team

This award honours a business/organisation that has gone above and beyond in any capacity during the pandemic.

Any category without a sponsor next to its title is available for any local business to get behind and show they appreciate Bedford’s everyday heroes.

Nominations for the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards 2021, in partnership with the Harpur Trust, will open on 9 November.

Finalists and guests will be invited to an awards ceremony on 28 April 2022 at The Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’s hosted by Bedford School.

Due to COVID restrictions, a ceremony for 2020 winners was not possible but you can watch a belated reception for winners here.

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