The search is on for the local stars in the Andover community who make a big impact on people’s lives and help change them for the better.
The Pride of Andover Awards celebrates the most generous and inspiring people from the town and nearby villages.
Nominations are now open for the all the award categories, including the prestigious Spirit of Andover and Heart of Gold awards.
Other awards will be given to the fundraiser, young person, good neighbour, inspiring person, environmental champion and carer of the year.
There will be a special Health Award for a nurse, health visitor, paramedic or anyone who has made a big difference to someone’s health and well-being.
The awards team are delighted to welcome back David Mellor & Sons Jewellers as our main sponsor and sponsor of ‘The Spirit of Andover Award’. “We are delighted and proud to once again be associated with this fine event, and all it stands for” said Christine Mellor.
Simplyhealth are also welcomed as a silver sponsor of the event again this year, sponsoring ‘the Health Award’ category.
Mark Hamson, spokesperson for Simplyhealth comments: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Pride of Andover Awards again this year. It’s important that we recognise the unsung heroes who make such a difference to our community.”
“It is a pleasure to welcome them on board once again. We never presume to take their generosity for granted, but the committee really appreciate their continued support, which enables the Pride Awards to take place” said Barbara Long for the Pride of Andover Awards committee.
This year we welcome Barclays as a sponsor, Barclays Citizenship programme is dedicated to supporting local communities, young people and charities by mentoring, volunteering and fundraising.
“We are proud to support the Pride of Andover which represents all areas of our remit” said their spokesperson.
Other sponsors include Belvoir Lettings and the Star and Garter.
The event is also supported by The Lights, Andover Buffets, Bulpitt Print, Phil Evans photography, Andover Framing, Andover IT, Gallaghers Florist, Andover Town Council and Bull by the Horns, PR and writing agency.
Nominations can be made until 31 July.
A short-list will be announced in August and a night of celebration for all the finalists and their supporters will be held at The Lights on 28 October.
The special night will be compered by Steve Randall and hosted by television celebrity Esther Rantzen, who has taken the awards to her heart, praising the extraordinary spirit and generosity of people from the Andover area.
Nominees could come from any walk of life and can be volunteers or people who are paid. But what they will all have in common is that they stand out from crowd and go out of their way to help people or are inspiring to others.
Nominations can be made online at www.prideofandoverawards.org.uk or by filling in a nomination form and posting it to: Pride of Andover Awards, 66C High Street, Andover, SP10 1NG.
More information about the categories can be found online at www.prideofandoverawards.org.uk