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Help us celebrate extraordinary people with Stars of Norfolk Awards

09:52 02 August 2014

Launch of the Stars of Norfolk awards 2014. From left: Nigel Pickover, Graham Tuttle, Brandon Lewis, George Nobbs, David Whiteley and Brenda Arthur. Photo: Bill Smith

Launch of the Stars of Norfolk awards 2014. From left: Nigel Pickover, Graham Tuttle, Brandon Lewis, George Nobbs, David Whiteley and Brenda Arthur. Photo: Bill Smith

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The selfless acts of bravery, dedication and compassion which have touched Norfolk lives will be recognised and celebrated by the EDP.

Nigel Pickover and David Whiteley at the Launch of the Stars of Norfolk awards 2014. Photo: Bill SmithNigel Pickover and David Whiteley at the Launch of the Stars of Norfolk awards 2014. Photo: Bill Smith

The Stars of Norfolk Awards are back for the second year – and now it’s time to nominate the real heroes and heroines in our community.

In partnership with Norfolk County Council, district councils, the EDP and its many sister titles across Norfolk, the search is on to find ordinary people and teams doing the extraordinary.

Yesterday EDP editor Nigel Pickover unveiled the 16 special categories to emergency service workers, dignitaries, politicians and businessmen and women, compered by BBC’s Dave Whiteley.

In the stunning setting of the Norwich Castle Keep, the editor promised the audience: “This year’s awards are going to be special.

Joyce will be a hard act for someone to follow

At last year’s moving ceremony, 83-year-old Joyce Hammond was crowned the Overall Star of Norfolk after also being named Unsung Hero of the Year.

Joyce, who has lived in Dickleburgh since 1942, has been a member of the Dickleburgh Royal British Legion women’s section for 60 years, was a standard bearer for 57 years and is currently group secretary.

And Ellie Fairfoot, 18, from Norwich, was crowned Young Person of the Year after playing an invaluable part in the life of her 16-year-old brother Rory who has autism.

The Team of the Year Award had the audience on their feet for siblings Josh, nine; Ben, seven; and Ellie Wright, five, from Corpusty, who wanted to help their sister Felicity, three, who has cerebral palsy and needed a £700 custom-made tricycle.

They ended up raising £1,681 by organising a tombola, cake stall and raffle outside Corpusty Stores and since then the amount has increased to £2,380 from donations after the event.

“These are the stories of unsung folk who don’t want to be recognised – but now they will be.”

Leader of Norfolk County Council, George Nobbs spoke at the launch event. He described Norwich Castle as the heart of Norfolk – but said the EDP is the county’s conscience and crusader.

And Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis pledged his support for the awards.

“Right across Norfolk we have people that do phenomenal things every single day, and not enough people know about it,” he said,

“It’s great the EDP came up with ideas to recognise that.”

The award categories range across every aspect of community life and include Carer of the Year; Hospital/Ambulance Person of the Year; Unsung Hero of the Year; and Young Person of the Year.

Elizabeth Truss MP for south west Norfolk and new Defra Secretary urged people to get nominating: “Unsung heroes who do extraordinary things – you truly deserve this recognition whether it be for all the amazing work you have done, the commitment you have given, the kindness you have shown, or the bravery you have demonstrated.”

Anyone can be nominated and several nominations can be made by one person.

The closing date for entries is Monday October 13, with the glittering awards evening on Thursday November 20 at Norwich Castle.

Nominating is easy - just fill in the form online by visiting: www.edp24.co.uk/home/stars-of-norfolk-awards-2014 or buy the EDP next week for our paper coupon.

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