Nominations are now open and the search is on. It may be for a single act of incredible courage, a long-lasting battle against the odds, or for inspirational campaigning. They could be six or 106 – heroism has no age barrier. And they could have changed one life or changed the world.
It could be someone who has inspired the nation, like the incredible Stephen Sutton, the teenage cancer patient who used his last days to raise millions of pounds, or someone who has transformed their community, like great-gran Alice Burke who took a one-woman stand against drug dealers and prostitutes on her East London estate.
Winners will be chosen by the Pride of Britain judging panel, from a shortlist drawn from all the nominations received.
Hosted by Carol Vorderman, Pride of Britain Awards is the biggest national event of its kind, and its broadcast every year in a primetime slot on ITV. The star-studded ceremony will be held at Grosvenor House in London in October, with previous attendees including Prince Charles and David Beckham.
Nominations can be made online here or you can pick up a form at your local TSB branch. Don’t delay – nominations will close on Friday 25th August.
Pride of Britain hits the road next week as we start our biggest ever search for nominations, with a team of researchers travelling more than 1,000 miles all over the country to seek out the most inspirational stories they can find. Travelling from London to Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Blackpool, Manchester, Liverpool. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, Leeds, Birmingham and Norwich, the search is on to find our unsung heroes. Find out more information here.
Daily Mirror Editor Peter Willis, who founded the Pride of Britain Awards, said: “These awards matter more than any other because they celebrate ordinary people who do extraordinary things. The tragic events in Manchester, Westminster, and London Bridge this year have shown the incredible spirit and courage of the British people, especially our emergency services, in the most unbelievable of circumstances. These awards are about recognising the individual acts of people that mean so much.”
Earlier this year, for the first time, Pride of Britain went local. We did this because we know just how much is happening each and every day in every community and we wanted to recognise and reward those amazing people throughout the year in their own home towns.
Now it’s time for you to all have your say for the national event being held in London later this year. Once again you can, from today, start nominating for Pride of Britain – a celebration of individuals and groups who work tirelessly to help their local communities.
Paul Pester, CEO at TSB