Last November we crowned the unsung heroes and inspirational people who live in our communities at the Grimsby Telegraph’s Heart of Your Community Awards 2017.
Since the event launched six years ago we have celebrated individuals from the ages of eight to 90, who have done truly extraordinary things, from saving lives, raising money, caring for others, or simply making a big difference to their local communities.
We want to continue to honour our everyday heroes and champions and give them the recognition they truly deserve. Some may have faced adversity or illness with great courage so these awards go some way to showing our appreciation for their dedication.
And it couldn’t be easier to nominate a person, company or group you think deserves recognition. Just scroll down for the categories below and nominate online today via
This year’s glittering event ceremony will be held at the Humber Royal Hotel, on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 6.30pm – where guests and nominees will enjoy a drinks reception, two course meal, as well as the exciting award ceremony!
The 2018 awards have been generously sponsored once again by the John Ross MBE Community Trust Fund. The late John Ross was passionate about Grimsby and its local community and his community fund supported local organisations and charities with grants – handing out £62,000 over recent years.
This is the third year of DFDS support for the Heart of the Community Awards Young Sports Star category and reflects DFDS continuing commitment to encouraging excellence and achievement within the local community.
Today many local young people tirelessly pursue a passion for their sports; taking part in individual and team activities, with shining examples flourishing to become household names in their chosen sports. The Heart of the Community Awards recognises today’s Young Sports Star generation; girls or boys under the age of 18 who have achieved excellence in their chosen sports – either individually or as part of a team.
Though there can only be one winner each participant will be able to show commitment, dedication and sheer hard work over the past 12 months. Active participation in sport, teamwork and individual effort are all aspects of personal development and a firm foundation for life which DFDS is pleased to encourage through their support of the Awards.
DFDS is a major employer within the local community, with a thousand staff members based in Immingham and Grimsby. For more than 150 years the company has expanded it’s services and today DFDS provides comprehensive and integrated shipping, stevedoring, warehousing and logistics services to industries including food, heavy machinery, vehicles, forest products and metals amongst many others.
Each of the 1000 employees – whether their position is a management role, on the terminal or as a driver of one of the many DFDS logistics trucks – is a part of the local community and many play an enthusiastic part in events, from charity fundraising to sporting fixtures for people of all abilities.
DFDS communications officer Coreen Penheiro-Wharton said: “Within our community and within the workplace there are so very many unsung heroes.
“DFDS approach is to develop people and encourage them every day to make the most of their skills and talents to improve their lives, career prospects and build a strong teamworking ethic.
“DFDS share in the Grimsby Telegraph’s aim of encouraging people to recognise young people who have achieved something special. Encouraging and acknowledging local achievement benefits everyone and the Awards are a very public way of DFDS showing commitment to the region.
“We look forward to seeing the young sports star nominations and are excited to learn who the winner will be at the awards ceremony to be held at the Humber Royal Hotel on November 21,” added Coreen.
Live entertainment slot up for grabs
We are looking for a local up and coming band to play at the awards evening – whose style is easy listening, pop, soft rock or similar. It must be appropriate for a corporate audience. If you are interested in giving your time up for free to showcase your band and entertain our award winners, please email Kimberley.firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Sports star of theyear award
Last year’s winner Oscar Hodson qualified for two junior golf finals; one at Gainsborough with American Golf to be shown on Sky Sports. The second at St Andrews with Wee Wonders. He always shows exceptional sportsmanship by offering words of encouragement and praise to his opponents at all times.
He shows dedication, determination and commitment to the sport through his training. Oscar hopes that golf will become more popular with children around the area.
Heart of Your Community how to nominate
- Nominations close on Friday, October 2, 2018 so don’t leave it until the last minute to nominate!
- Or write to us at Grimsby Heart Awards, First Floor, Heritage House, Fisherman’s Wharf, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire DN31 1SY. (Be sure to include as much information and contact details as possible)
Heart of Your Community awards 2018 Categories
Take a look below and see who you think should be nominated this year – there are 12 categories to choose from. An overall winner from across the categories will also be selected by the judges.
Local Hero of the Year sponsored by ENGIE
The Local Hero award will recognise remarkable acts of courage or selflessness by an ordinary member of the community. This might be someone who has helped to save a life or acted in a courageous way in their community.
Emergency Services of the Year sponsored by Sentiments
As part of their line of duty, members of the emergency services are there to protect and serve the public. This award is for someone who has risked their own life to save another, going above and beyond their line of duty.
Carer of the Year sponsored by Trenton Motors
We are searching for someone who is either looking after a relative or friend, providing domiciliary care or is looking after an individual in a care home environment. We want you to help us find that one person who goes above and beyond and puts the needs of other first.
Volunteer of the Year sponsored by ABP
Ordinary members of the public devote countless hours to helping others in our community. This category will recognise the people who carry out a multitude of good work, without asking for anything in return.
Friend/Neighbour of the Year sponsored by Shoreline Housing
This award will go to a friend or neighbour who have helped others living near them, whether it be running errands, looking after those living alone, or being a shoulder to cry on when times are tough.
Child of Courage sponsored by Ramsdens
Do you know a youngster, aged 16 or under, who has had to endure heartache or pain and still showed a shining spirit? This could go to a child who has fought against illness or shown bravery beyond their years.
Inspiring Youngster sponsored by Franklin College
There are thousands of terrific youngsters out there, but we’re looking for a role model, aged 16 or under, who deserves special recognition.
This could be someone who has made a contribution to their community, taken steps to support important causes or fundraising for charities. These young people are the future – they are building their confidence and resilience, and are already working hard to be the change in creating a better world.
Young Sports Star sponsored by DFDS
We are looking for a girl or boy, under the age of 18 who has achieved excellence in their chosen sport throughout the past 12 months, either as an individual or part of a team. Their entry must demonstrate commitment, dedication and sheer hard work.
Community SportsAward sponsored by Cyden Homes
This award will recognise an outstanding example of an unsung hero in the field of amateur sport. Every week hundreds of men and women volunteer their time to act as coaches and trainers to make sport accessible for people in our communities to join in with sporting activities.
Charity Championsponsored by Phillips 66
Our Charity Champion will highlight an individual or group whose charitable work has made a significant impact to a worthy cause. This could be someone who raises money regularly or who has generated significant funds for a chosen charity or charities.
Business in the Community sponsored by PD Ports
Businesses across North and North East Lincolnshire makes a huge contribution to their community, whether by donating money and time or supporting local causes. This award highlights an exceptional case of a company or business person making a real contribution to their local community.
Community Project of the Year sponsored by Focus
Have you made things happen in your neighbourhood? We want to hear from groups that have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for people in their community. Whether you raised money for a new play area, organised a demonstration, campaigned for safer roads or supported youth groups.