Do you know someone in and around Birmingham whose actions have touched the lives of those around them? Perhaps they’ve shown an act of incredible courage or they’ve battled against the odds to succeed? Whatever their story, we want to hear about it. We’re searching for inspirational people from all walks of life with just one thing in common – that their achievements inspire us and make their community a better place to live in.
Our partners TSB go out of their way to serve local customers and local businesses and to help fuel local economies. So the creation of a regional Pride of Britain ceremony is the next step in our celebration of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Also, as part of TSB’s on-going strategy to ensure it has the right branches in the right places a flagship branch opened in Birmingham last week to serve the local community.
We already know that Birmingham is full of incredible people. Who remembers our Young Fundraiser of the Year Amelia Gebruers who raised more than £21,000 after her brother and father were diagnosed with brain tumours? Described by Simon Cowell as the ‘bravest person he has ever met’ Amelia faced her family’s heartache head on and channeled her energy into doing something positive for her community.
Nearby Burntwood was home to the inspirational Stephen Sutton who captured the hearts and imagination of the country when his indomitable spirit and infectious enthusiasm in the face of cancer made him a national hero. He was the recipient of the first and only posthumous Pride of Britain Special Recognition Award after refusing to let cancer define the rest of his life. Following Stephen’s death at just nineteen his charitable legacy, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, has continued and smashed through the £5 million mark this year.
So, do you know amazing people like this? They could be six or 106, heroism has no age barrier, they could have saved one life or changed the world.
Winners will be chosen by the Pride of Birmingham judging panel from a shortlist produced by the research team, who will consider every public nomination received. The winners will be honoured in front of a star-studded audience at the glittering awards dinner at The Great Hall, Birmingham University in April. They will also go forward to the judging process for the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, which are screened on ITV in the Autumn.
To nominate visit our dedicated Pride of Birmingham nominations page and select the category that best fits your story. Don’t worry if you’re not sure - some nominees may fit in more than one category, so the Pride of Birmingham team will make sure all nominations are considered for the most appropriate award.
Birmingham – we can’t wait to hear your stories.
To donate to the Stephen Sutton Appeal for the Teenage Cancer Trust click here