Best of Lancashire Awards: Glittering evening to celebrate the heroes in our communities
The inaugural Best of Lancashire Awards is just hours away, with 12 categories celebrating the superstars of our county.
The Lancashire Post and Blackpool Gazette newspaper have teamed up with Marsden Building Society, Burnley to bring readers the Best of Lancashire Awards.
Since the start of the pandemic, many of us have seen people and organisations in our communities who have gone the extra mile to help others.
These awards, to be held at the Crow Wood Hotel and Spa in Burnley on September 30, are to recognise those who have made a difference, with nominations made by members of the public.
The judging panel for the Awards has been made up of the editors from the Lancashire Post, Blackpool Gazette and the Burnley Express newspapers, as well as representatives from our sponsors.
Nicola Adam, editor of the Blackpool Gazette said: "The last few years have been remarkable, not just for the pandemic, but because it has showcased the very best of humanity, the most determined in business, the most creative in adversity and the most selfless in life.
"It absolutely restores my faith in humanity to see what has been achieved here in Lancashire and these awards celebrate the very best. Just making it on our shortlist deserved a huge well done and our winners deserve every accolade. Lancastrians really are the best."
There will also be a surprise Ambassador of the Year award presented on the night.
Follow the awards on social media by searching the hashtag #BestofLancs
Community Champion Award
Sponsored by Progress Housing Group, this award recognises individuals or community groups who have worked tirelessly supporting the local community, particularly looking out for others during the coronavirus lockdown and beyond.
Pride of Lancashire
Sponsored by Marsden Building Society, this will be awarded to an individual or group whose efforts locally, nationally or internationally have embodied the Lancastrian spirit and whose achievements have consistently made you proud to be from Lancashire.
Let's Grow Preston
Environmental Sustainability Award
As part of the race to Net zero, we want to recognise the businesses who are playing their part by reducing their environmental impact.
Crow Wood Hotel and Spa Resort
River Ribble Trust
999 Hero Award
Sponsored by Spire Fylde Coast Hospital, this award goes to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to saving the life/lives of others or has helped to avert disaster by their quick actions in an emergency.
Act of Bravery Award
Sponsored by Alderson and Horan Funeral Services, this award recognises individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and bravery whilst serving for our country and in everyday life.
Paula and Mark Bryan
Grass Roots Sports Award
Sponsored by Burnley College, this award recognises the unsung sporting heroes whose teamwork and determination have kept things going throughout the pandemic.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsored by the Porsche Centre Preston. This award recognises a person who has been active in the business community for 25 years or above, has shown outstanding leadership characteristics throughout their career and has inspired and developed others to achieve similar success.
Young Person of Courage Award
Sponsored by the Greater Lancashire Hospital, this award will go to a youngster who has shown courage in the face of adversity.
Armed Forces Hero Award
Sponsored by Daniel Thwaites, this award recognises inspirational individuals and teams, who are current or former members of the armed forces, who have played a significant role in supporting our communities.
Cpl James Kirby
Inspirational Young Adult
Sponsored by Sponsored by Excel Fostering, this award is for a young person whose actions have given us real hope for the future.
Charity Fundraiser Award
Sponsored by the Crow Wood Hotel and Spa, this award will be given to an individual or organisation that has worked tirelessly to raise funds for a great cause, going to incredible lengths and showing exceptional dedication.
Dance Floor Heroes
Green Champion Award
Sponsored by Panaz, this award recognises an individual or community group who have actively worked on improving green living in the community.
Let's Grow Preston