Nominations have opened for the Pride of St Helens Awards 2016 with organisers promising to make the gala night a glorious celebration of the borough’s stars, heritage and achievements.
The awards are now in their fifth year since being set up the Steve Prescott Foundation and the St Helens Star in bid to showcase talent and raise aspiration.
The call out for nominations has been issued this week and, after another 12 months of successes by towns people, a deluge of strong entries is anticipated.
Star readers can submit entries via the newspaper’s website and a judging panel will sit later in the year to choose winners ahead of the big night on Friday, November 11 at Langtree Park.
Star editor, Andrew Kilmurray, said: “Raising ambition across St Helens has been earmarked as key part of town leaders’ strategy – and events such as Pride of St Helens can only help with this.
“It’s also vital that in times when there is lots of talk about a city region and devolution we stand up and say St Helens is a great town with a rich history and identity that has the strength to build a brighter future”
Martin Blondel, general manager of the SPF, said: “We’ll be putting a huge focus on celebrating the town we love, particularly our culture and heritage.
“We are immensely proud Sintelliners, as our great founder Steve was, and are eager for our charity’s supporters and Star readers to once again get right behind this.”
Nominations will close on Friday, October 7.
Solarking Commercial Pride of St Helens Award
The night’s premier award will salute a man or woman, or organisation who our judges believe has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to St Helens.
Carmel College Leadership Award
Teacher, lecturer, coach or tutor? Who has inspired in the classroom, the sports field, or the music hall?
Saints Sportsperson of the Year
Whose achievements in the sporting arena have been the brightest over the past year? We want nominations from all sporting fields – from amateurs to professionals, and from coaches and players.
St Helens Chamber Excellence in Business
Successful businessmen and women are critical to making St Helens prosper and providing job opportunities. Our winner could be someone with a stellar track record, an outstanding entrepreneur or someone who has grafted their way to the top.
OD's Unsung Hero
Which person has made the biggest difference to our communities? They may have improved a neighbourhood or led a campaign..
CoseyRentals Courage Award
Every year the Star runs stories telling of the heroism, courage or bravery of people from this town. But many others must go untold. Nominees could have performed a dramatic rescue or maybe they’ve overcome illness or injury to record inspiring achievements.
Haydock Park Child of Courage
We are searching for nominees who have shown immense courage in the face of adversity. Courage comes in different shapes – is it a child who has battled illness, performed an act of bravery or done something truly remarkable while up against the odds.
FW Marsh Young Community Star
Who are the unsung youngsters making a difference in our communities? It could be a remarkable community volunteer, a member of a club that has gone the extra mile, someone who has showed true kindness or immense bravery that has made a difference.
NGF Europe Charity Champion
Charities local and nationally survive and thrive on the cash raised by big-hearted fundraisers. We don’t just want to hear who has raised the most, but how they have done it, what difference has it made and why it has inspired you.
Imperial Bar and Terrace Arts Award
Often St Helens is guilty of not shouting loud enough about those who have achieved remarkable things in the world of stage, screen, and music. We want to hear about bright young things and those who have made it to the very top.
St Helens Council Young Sportsperson of the Year
Which of St Helens sporting juniors have recorded the biggest achievement? In a town with so much talent we would expect a deluge of entries. Tell us who stands out? (Nominees must not have reached their 19th birthday by October 31.)
To nominate someone for a Pride of St Helens Award 2016 simply fill in the form below with your details, the name of the nominee and a short description of why they deserve to win.