TICKETS for the Journal’s Community Awards are now on sale.
Nominees have been shortlisted for the inaugural awards which take place next month.
The event aims to celebrate the unsung heroes in our community.
The awards are being held on September 13 at the Highbullen Hotel and will raise money for the Children’s Hospice South West.
Michele Slevin, chief superintendent for Devon and Cornwall Police was a judge alongside Marie Tippet from Children’s Hospice South West and Journal editor Lisa Templeton.
All three were impressed with the dedicated and hardworking people in our community.
Michele said: “Having read the nominations I was very humbled by the great courage and selflessness of people within our communities.
“It was really difficult to separate the many different ways in which the nominees showed bravery or helped to make the lives of others better.
“Too often we are faced with the negative side of our society, having the ability to be part of recognising the true human side to those that live and work within our communities was a really great honour.”
Emma Ridgewell-Howard head of fundraising at Little Bridge House, said: “It means a great deal to local children and families, knowing we have the support of the North Devon Journal.
“The awards celebrate the strong, vibrant and generous community of men, women and children who work so hard to fundraise for those families who come to stay with us at Little Bridge House in Fremington.
“Good luck to all the nominees and a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful team at the Journal and to the entire North Devon community. Without you, we would not be here.”
North Devon Journal editor Lisa Templeton said the judges had a difficult time choosing the category winners. “We were amazed at the commitment and dedication of these community heroes who regularly put others before themselves to make a difference in their communities.
“It was a very moving and humbling experience for us all. North Devon is incredibly fortunate to have residents who care so much about where they live.”
Lisa said the awards night would be an uplifting experience. “It’s not to be missed. Guests will be inspired by their stories. Make sure you get your tickets. This is our chance to applaud these wonderful people and thank them for all they do for us.”
Tickets cost £30 and will include a three-course supper. The drinks reception starts at 7pm. Food will be served from 7.30pm. Coffee will be served and the awards ceremony will follow. You can buy your tickets from Faye Cosford at the Journal offices.
Phone 01271 347407 or email email@example.com. There will also be an auction on the night. Money raised will also go to Children’s Hospice South West.