Judges ready with hon­ours short-list

Herald Express - - News - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

JUDGES have been painstak­ingly read­ing all the nom­i­na­tions and have reached their con­clu­sions for the Devon Com­mu­nity Hon­ours.

The short­list will be an­nounced shortly af­ter judges, which in­cluded Roger Croad, Chris­tine Fraser, Jim Parker, Judi Spiers, Ros­alie Robin­son, Tony Parker and Richard Booth looked at cat­e­gories which in­cluded Good Neigh­bour, Young He­roes (u18), Armed Forces and Emer­gency Ser­vices Hon­our, Vol­un­teer of the Year Hon­our, Car­ing Com­mu­ni­ties Cham­pion, Devon Carer, Devon Men­tor, En­vi­ron­ment Cham­pion, Com­mu­nity Hero (18+), Vol­un­tary or Com­mu­nity Sec­tor Cham­pion and a DevonLive Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion Hon­our.

Nom­i­nated by the pub­lic and jour­nal­ists at the Mid Devon Gazette, North Devon Jour­nal, Ex­press and Echo and Her­ald Ex­press, nom­i­nees will come from all walks of life, of all ages, and from all over Devon.

A spoke­man for the awards said: “Their achieve­ments are awe-in­spir­ing and a les­son to us all. They say they are or­di­nary peo­ple, but their acts are ex­tra­or­di­nary. This event is hon­our­ing peo­ple who have gone above and be­yond to do good for their com­mu­nity, most of the time with­out any recog­ni­tion or re­ward. Devon has al­ways pro­duced a great many com­mu­nity-minded in­di­vid­u­als and we’ve been proud to share their cam­paign­ing and fundrais­ing suc­cess sto­ries over the years but, these days, with more cuts to ser­vices, we rely on these gen­er­ous vol­un­teers even more. We were over­whelmed by a great num­ber of en­tries across all cat­e­gories so we can show these in­di­vid­u­als and groups that we recog­nise their sac­ri­fices and achieve­ments and are over­joyed to be able to say thank you.”

The head­line spon­sor this year is Devon County Coun­cil and cabi­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties Roger Croad, who is also one of the judges was de­lighted to be in­volved.

He said: “DCC is proud to spon­sor the Devon Com­mu­nity Hon­ours for the sec­ond year run­ning and very happy to work once again with DevonLive to help put the spot­light on those peo­ple at the heart of our com­mu­ni­ties who work so tire­lessly for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers ev­ery day. Devon is truly for­tu­nate to have so many strong com­mu­ni­ties with peo­ple pre­pared to stand up and show they care by giv­ing their time and en­ergy to make this a bet­ter place.”

The awards take place at RHS Gar­den Rose­moor, Tor­ring­ton, on De­cem­ber 6 from 3pm-6pm and tick­ets are now avail­able at http://de­von­honours.co.uk/event/tick­ets/

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