Vote now for your local hero

VOTING opened at 6 am this morning for this year’s Jersey Evening Post Pride of Jersey awards, which will be held at Government House, it can be revealed today.

Picture: JON GUEGAN (22256430)
Picture: JON GUEGAN (22256430)

Islanders can vote for inspirational community heroes who have been nominated by readers across 12 categories for the next seven days at prideofjersey.com.

Categories include neighbour, young achiever, grandparent, child, ambassador, environmentalist, teacher, volunteer/fundraiser and inspirational leader of the year. Details of all the categories – and of those nominated in each one – can be found on the awards website.

Voting closes on Sunday.

The three nominees who receive the most votes in each category will be placed on a shortlist and a panel of judges will choose a winner.

Since the Pride of Jersey awards were launched four years ago, the judging panels have comprised a representative of the award sponsor, the previous year’s winner and a JEP employee.

At the ceremony, each category winner will receive a prize worth £1,000 from their specially selected category sponsor.

JEP editor Andy Sibcy said: ‘The JEP has long been at the heart of the Island’s community and these awards cement that position. Each year, it is our pleasure to recognise people who do fantastic work in Jersey. Very often they are the unsung heroes who are the glue which binds the community together.’

He added: ‘For the past three years we have held the awards in some remarkable locations thanks to the generosity of individuals and organisations who have opened up their homes or premises to join us in celebrating community heroes. Last year, the Seigneur of St John’s Manor invited the JEP to hold the awards at his breathtaking home and this year we are back at Government House, where the awards were held two years ago. I would like to thank the Lieutenant-Governor, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, and his team for allowing us to use the gardens of his home this year. It is going to be another very memorable and moving event.’

JEP managing director Paul Carter added: ‘Our ethos has always been to steer away from the traditional black-tie-style award ceremonies and, instead, to put an event on that is more relaxed but also very special. We want to invite people to a location that they would not normally get the opportunity to see or experience.’

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