We’ve had the Oscars, the BAFTAs and just last weekend the TONYs and now it’s time for the best of Almondsbury, Bradley Stoke, Patchway, Stoke Gifford, Frampton Cotterell and Winterbourne to be recognised.
The Stars of the Stokes awards ceremony takes place this Friday, June 15 at the Aztec Hotel in Almondsbury.
The awards will be hosted by EastEnders legend Shaun Williamson who is famous for playing Barry Evans, as well as for his time in the Celebrity Big Brother House and playing himself in Extras.
Stars of the Stokes is only possible due to the support of sponsors Willow Brook Centre, Aztec Hotel, First Bus, Tesco Extra, Olympus Academy Trust, Carisway Facilities Support, Honeyfield Property Services, Doubletree by Hilton and Bradley Stoke Journal.
This year, there are 8 categories in the awards with nominations coming in for Star Teacher, Pre-school Carer of the Year, Champion Carer, Parent/Guardian in a Million, Coach of the Year and Unsung Hero.
One category is particularly special – The Bailey Cooper Award for Young Heroes. Last year, nine year old Bailey Cooper won the Achievement Against the Odds award for his bravery & spirit in battling Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Very sadly, Bailey died on Christmas Eve last year and so a new category has been created in his honour this year.
This year’s shortlist
Coach of the Year: Gary Patterson, Dave Swanson,Phil Whitlock
Achievement Against the Odds: Olivia Watkins, Mandy Bains
Star Teacher: Wendy Collins, Joanna Duffy, Emily Brown, Dominic Bareau
Champion Carer: Wendy Smith, Carla Golledge
The Bailey Cooper Award for Young Heroes: Shelly Melhuish, Calum Morris, Amelia Roff, Lauren Bennetts
Parent/Guardian in a Million: Katrina Curley, Kim Clark, Liz Evans
Unsung Hero: Nicola Morris, Adrian Clover, John Thomas, Lynda Cordukes, Dave Barter, Jeremy Wide
Pre-School Carer of the Year: Kaylie Hill, Amanda Lacey
Other winners at last year’s ceremony include local Beaver Scout leader Katherine Robinson; Bradley Stoke Town FC Coach Martin Lee and Samantha Bigwood who won Parent of the Year.
We can’t wait to find out who the 2018 winners are!