AN AWARD honouring the heroes of Newport is back with a bang for the fifth year running and the judges want to hear from you.
The annual Newport’s Night of Honour award is looking for individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to the community or have done something special.
Nominations are now open for four award categories which each celebrate different achievements and contributions in Newport.
Newport’s Braveheart Award is one of this year’s categories which recognizes someone who has overcome life’s challenges with courage and determination, while Young Person of the Year honours inspirational youngsters.
Also looking for entries are the Above and Beyond Award and the Neighbour of the Year award.
Anthony Trigg, who won an award last year for his dedicated work as a school caretaker, said a nomination can really make a real difference to a person’s life.
He said: “I would urge people to nominate because it can make a difference. It’s nice to hear about the good news and is good for people’s self esteem.”
This year’s award, which is run by The King’s Church, on Lower Dock Street, has had an overhaul with a brand new section for Community Champions.
Event organizer Hayley Corley said the new community award will celebrate people who work tirelessly to help others in their neighbourhood.
Ms Corley said: “Newport is a really segregated area and we really wanted to bring all of the communities together.
“The feedback we have had so far has been absolutely brilliant. Community champion nominations have poured in.”
Nominations for the four main categories will be judged and presented in an awards ceremony on Sunday, September 28 at the King’s Church.
An audience of 400 attended the event last year, and this year beckons to be just as successful with the Mayor of Newport and MP Jessica Morden set to present awards.
Ms Corley, who runs the event with a budget of £2,000, said: “The event itself is one that brings the city together and is open for everyone to attend. It’s free of charge and not stuffy, anyone is welcome”.
Nominations must be in by Friday, September 5 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to The King’s Church, 71 Lower Dock Street, Newport, NP20 1EH.