Unsung heroes to be celebrated at Pride of Gedling awards night

Gedling borough’s unsung heroes are to be celebrated at this year’s Pride of Gedling awards – which take place on Wednesday night.

The annual ceremony – which is now in its fifth year – will celebrate the outstanding work from people, businesses and communities in the borough.

This year Gedling Eye is one of the sponsors of the event at the civic centre in Arnold.

Shortlisted nominees across the six categories have been invited to the awards celebrations being held at the civic centre – which will be hosted by Smooth FM Breakfast host, Gareth Evans.

As well as the standard awards, there is also an overall Pride of Gedling Award and Lifetime Achievement Award which both recognise two individuals who have provided an outstanding contribution to the borough.

On the night, the awards will be presented by the sponsors of each category and the Deputy Mayor of Gedling will present the Overall Pride of Gedling Award and Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke will announce the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

PICTURED: Civic Centre at Arnot Hill Park is playing host to the awards

The awards are broken down into six categories:

  • Good Neighbour Award
    This award recognises inspirational individuals who have gone that extra mile to make everyday life better for others in their community.
  • Community Servant Award
    Someone who works serving the public in their day job and has gone above and beyond the role to help others, assist their community or improve their environment.
  • The Dylan Barker (Young Person of the Year) Award
    This award celebrates young people, under the age of 21, who make an outstanding contribution to their communities.
  • Business in the Community Award
    This award recognises the businesses which play a role in supporting their community.
  • Outstanding Community Project Award
    This award is open to any project or group which helps our local communities and improves the lives of those who live in them. 
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
    Someone who volunteers with a group or organisation and, through their commitment to others, make a big contribution to the community.
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Last year’s overall Pride of Gedling winner was announced with some sadness as it was awarded, posthumously, to Mary Harris who had been nominated for the award but died a few weeks before the ceremony took place. Friends and family members of the late Mary Harris attended the event and received the award from the Mayor of Gedling.

Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “We’re very proud to be hosting the fifth Pride of Gedling Awards. The awards highlight the great work done in our local communities by volunteers, businesses and community groups and the great compassion .

“The nominees this year have been exceptional and it was a very difficult but rewarding task to choose the winners. Everyone who has been shortlisted should be extremely proud.

He added: “The 2019 Pride of Gedling Awards promises to be another very special night for the borough of Gedling. ”


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