A fantastic new project has been set up by Haverhill News and Castle Manor Academy. They are producing the Haverhill Heroes Awards, a way to recognise the unsung heroes of our town and beyond.
There are six categories of awards; business in the community, volunteer in the community, the young person's award, the local food produce award, the act of kindness award and the sporting award.
Nominations are currently being sought up until the nomination closing date of 18th December. The award winners will be celebrated at a ceremony in March when they will receive a hand-made trophy and a prize from a sponsor. This event will be produced by students from Castle Manor Academy as part of their innovative new PROUD Curriculum.
The Haverhill Chamber of Commerce are encouraging members to think hard about their local heroes, your favourite local business, produce supplier of eatery and get nominating!
Nominations will close on December 18. A judging panel made up of representatives from the News, Castle Partnership Academy Trust and the category sponsors, will go through the nominations. They will decide on the winners and release a shortlist of finalists at the end of January next year.
The finalists will be profiled in the Haverhill News in the run-up to the Haverhill Heroes awards ceremony, which will be held in late March at the Haverhill Arts Centre.
The glittering event will be organised with the input of Castle Manor Academy students, who will help to put together the ceremony including decorations, food and drink and trophy design.
The awards are open to people of all ages who live, work or volunteer in the Haverhill area.
The categories are:
Business in the Community Award - Sponsored by 1Accounts Online
This award will recognise businesses and business people, who innovate and engage staff and the local community through their work.
Volunteer in the Community Award - Sponsored by Preview Property Services
This could be an individual person, a team of people, a charity or a workplace, who have selflessly volunteered to help a person (or people). This could be for charity or just to help those less fortunate and in need.
Young Person's Award - Sponsored by Sarand Software Ltd
This award could be for a young person who has had to overcome illness, disability of personal circumstances that would be testing for an adult, let alone a child. It could be for a young person who has achieved something significant academically or through a talent, or who has done something incredible in their community. Whatever makes the young person you want to nominate special, please tell us all about them by nominating them for this award.
Sporting Award - sponsored by Abbeycroft Leisure
This award could be to recognize an individual sports person, or a sporting team, who have achieved something in relation to any type of sport. This can also include coaches, managers as well as the players themselves and is applicable at every level from children to adults, sports clubs to school teams.
Local Food Produce - Sponsorship opportunity available
The Haverhill area is home to some wonderful local food produce. We want to celebrate some of the extraordinary efforts, skills and achievements of those who are bringing delicious and healthy local food to our doors. This award could recognise those individuals, or businesses, who are using local produce, or who are creating food in the Haverhill area.
Act of Kindness Award - Sponsored by Castle Partnership Academy Trust
The purpose of this award is to recognise someone in our community who has gone above and beyond to help others. It is someone who, without asking or wanting anything in return, has given their time or their resources to support someone else in need. Their act of kindness deserves recognition. Please nominate them.
If you would be interested in sponsoring the Local Food Produce Category please contact Jason André at the Castle Partnership Academy Trust on JAndre@castlepartnership.org.uk