Do you know someone who makes you proud to be from the North East? As a region, the North East has beautiful scenery, impressive architecture and many bustling businesses – but it’s the people who make the region a place to be proud of. And we want to find the very best of them. They could be someone who is quietly transforming their community to improve the lives of those around them, someone who has put themselves in danger to save someone else, or perhaps a tireless campaigner.
They could be six or 106 – heroism has no age barrier. They might have changed one life, or they might have changed the world.
The one thing they will have in common is that their achievements are awe-inspiring and a lesson to us all.
Last year our winners included inspirational Bradley Lowery, whose valiant and tragic battle with neuroblastoma won hearts across the country.
We applauded a world-renowned heart surgeon who, born desperately poor in Bangladesh, worked to become one of the most senior figures in Newcastle’s hospitals, and saved countless lives in the North East with his work.
We also recognised people who had been inspired by personal tragedy to raise money to help others, as well as a number of brave heroes who had put their own lives at risk to protect friends or strangers.
The North East is filled with thousands of such people, everyday heroes – and we want to find them.
They’ll be celebrated by celebrities at our glittering awards ceremony, and be given the praise they so richly deserve.
Last year, one of our celebrity guests was Newcastle United legend Steve Harper.
Taking to the stage, he told us why he was proud to support the awards.
He said: “I think it’s very important to recognise the unsung heroes of the region. When you say unsung hero everyone will have someone who pops into their minds who deserves to be recognized. They might not want to be recognised, they’re quite happy doing their work, going above and beyond what is probably expected of most people. But if people are working hard under the radar they should be recognised”.
County Durham-born actress Denise Welch, who sat on last year’s judging panel, added: “If you talk to anybody off the telly they’ll say that, of all the awards we get invited to every year, these are our favourites. It’s wonderful that people are awarded for wonderful things that could otherwise go uncelebrated.”
Categories cover fundraisers, impressive acts of bravery, the best of our emergency services and deserving community projects.
And we need your help to shine a light on the most impressive and deserving in this spectacular region.
Your nominations will enable our judges to find the Pride of the North East – so please share their stories with us. All nominations that are received will be considered. The winners will go on to be nominated for the prestigious Pride of Britain Awards taking place in October and hosted by Carol Vorderman.
You can nominate anyone of any age for a Pride of the North East Award.
The nominee will need to be from or working in the North East. Please choose what you feel to be the most suitable category from the list below.
Don’t worry if you’re not sure - some nominees may fit in more than one category, so the Pride of the North East team will make sure all nominations are considered for the most appropriate award.
Winners will be chosen by the Pride of North East judging panel, from a shortlist produced by the Pride of the North East research team, who will consider every public nomination received.
TSB Community Partner Award
For an individual or group of people who have worked together in partnership as a force for good in their local community, improving the lives of people around them. This could be anything from supporting young people to thrive to bringing communities together to create something special. The winner or winners will have galvanised the support of the people around them to make a difference.
Fundraiser of the Year
For tireless and inspirational charity fundraising, aged 16 and over.
Young Fundraiser of the Year
To reward a young person aged 15 and under for inspirational charity work.
Emergency Services Award
For police, fire, ambulance, paramedics or air, sea or mountain rescue who have gone beyond the call of duty.
For adults who risk their own safety to help others in danger.
Child/Teenager of Courage
For battling against the odds to help others, or putting themselves at risk to save someone in danger.
To recognise far-reaching achievement, possibly on a national or international scale.
For achievements not covered in other categories, such as inspiring carers, campaigners and members of armed forces.
Closing date for nominations is Friday, February 2, 2018.
Get voting now!