THE SEARCH for local superstars begins today (March 4) with the official launch of the South Wiltshire Hero Awards.
The Journal, along with its sister lifestyle magazine South Wiltshire Living, is looking for those people in the county who deserve our thanks and recognition for all that they have done during the Covid-19 pandemic.
There are a host of backers of the awards, including Principal Sponsor MIPermit.
Journal editor Bill Browne, on behalf of the organisers, said: “We know there are many people who have done extraordinary things to help others in these troubled times and we are looking to our readers to tell us all about them.”
The spirit of the awards was captured perfectly by the late Captain Sir Tom Moore, who won the hearts of the nation last year with his extraordinary fundraising efforts.
We want to hear from those who have completed challenges like laps of a garden like him to help a good cause – we know it’s the small things that can make a big difference.
But that’s as well as the key workers, emergency heroes and everyday helpers that have been crucial to keep us all going during the pandemic.
The awards are divided into three categories: Medical Heroes, Emergency Heroes and Everyday SouthHeroes.
Paul Moorby OBE, Managing Director of MIPermit, added: “So many local people, from all walks of life, all ages and all abilities have worked quietly in the background, helping our region through this current emergency.”
He said he hoped the awards would “celebrate everyone and showcase the very best of our region”.
The awards will be hosted online in the summer by Falklands veteran and hero Simon Weston CBE, who will be joined by celebrity guests to introduce each category, including Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood.
See today’s special South Wiltshire Hero Awards supplement in the paper from page 37 for details of how to nominate your pandemic hero.
You can also find details on how to nominate here.
Each person who nominates will be entered in a draw for a £100 shopping prize (terms and conditions apply).
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