Inspiring people need recognition

Pride in Bedfordshire winner of Unsung Heroine Anne Grant receives her award
Pride in Bedfordshire winner of Unsung Heroine Anne Grant receives her award

Inspiration by people’s stories is one reason why sponsors of our Pride in Bedfordshire awards want to support the community.

Nominations are now invited for the 2016 awards, to recognise the efforts of those unsung heroes and heroines, launched this year in association with the Harpur Trust and Costa, supported by Quantum Print.

The Pride in Bedfordshire awards will be presented at Bedford Corn Exchange on Thursday, November 3, with guest ​Jon Moses, a finalist in ITV’s Superstar.

The teams at sponsors Costa are always looking at ways they can help and support the community.

Kieron Whiley, Costa community engagement officer, said: “Costa is once again proud to be sponsoring the Pride in Bedfordshire awards and we are excited to join everyone at the presentation ceremony. It is always with great pride that we attend these events. It’s so inspiring to hear people’s stories as it gives us the opportunity to support and reward people in the Bedfordshire community.

“Our teams are dedicated to their customers and the community they serve, and always looking for ways to support their local community from providing reading books for schools, supporting stall holders at charity events or holding tea parties in store for unwell children and their families.

“We look forward to announcing the winner of the community award this year and wish everyone the best of luck with their entries.”

We want to hear from you about people in your community who have made a real difference.

The categories are:

Excellence in Education/Apprenticeship: sponsored by Costa

Volunteer of the Year: sponsored by BPHA Ltd

Care in the Community: ​sponsored by Harpur Trust

Unsung Hero/Heroine: ​sponsored by Keens Shay Keens Ltd

Raising the profile of the town: ​sponsored by Eagle Ale

Fundraiser of the Year: ​available to sponsor

Courage & Kindness: ​available to sponsor

Young Achiever: ​available to sponsor

The Harpur Trust will also sponsor a Winner of Winners award.

Nominations are now invited for our Pride in Bedfordshire awards 2016, to be presented later this year.

Full details of how to nominate someone for an award is at

You can also email or call 01536 506123 for further details.

Please submit your nominations no later than October 5, 2016.

Full details of the categories listed here appear on our website.