The annual Stars of the Stokes awards will be taking place this June and with nominations now officially open, we take a closer look at this fantastic community event.
Launched in 2016, the Stars of the Stokes recognise were created to recognise outstanding community engagement and personal achievement.
The idea was the brainchild of Andy Wynn, general manager at the WillowBrook Centre, in Bradley Stoke. The centre runs the awards with the support of local businesses – the number of which is growing every year.
Anyone living in the Almondsbury, Bradley Stoke, Patchway, Stoke Gifford, Frampton Cotterell and Winterbourne areas are invited to either nominate themselves or someone that they think has gone over and above.
This year’s black tie evening is taking place on June 21 at the Aztec Hotel, in Almondsbury.
Andy Wynn said: “The awards are the highlight of a very special evening for everyone involved. It’s great to see and hear the achievements of people living and working in our local community being celebrated, as rightly they should be.”
This year’s guest appearance will be from Paul Sinha, aka The Sinnerman from ITV’s The Chase. He’ll be hosting the event.
Andy said: “Sean Williamson will be a tough act to follow – literally, as he was so funny and entertaining at last year’s awards. We knew we’d have to find someone outstanding to host the 2019 event, so we were thrilled when Paul Sinha said he was available.”
There are eight categories including:
⭐ Star Teacher – Looking for teachers who’ve motivated, inspired or made a real difference.
⭐ Champion Carer – Carers are crucial to many people and provide invaluable support. Who do you know that’s gone above the expected?
⭐ Pre-School Carer of the Year – Do you know someone who’s made a difference to a young person’s life? Do they deserve a nomination?
⭐ Parent/Guardian in a Million – If you know a parent or guardian that deserves special recognition, this category could be for them.
⭐ Achievement Against the Odds – This could be a disability, illness, or a battle to achieve something important to them.
⭐ Coach of the Year – This could be someone who’s helped people achieve their goals, dedicated their free time or runs a local club
⭐ Bailey Cooper Young Hero Award – An extra special award for those aged 18 and younger. Perhaps that’s volunteering, a sporting achievement or an act of kindness.
⭐ Unsung Hero – Does someone need extra special recognition as they won’t shout about their own achievements? Why not nominate them.
The 2018 winners included Olivia Watkins, who has Down Syndrome and worked at DoubleTree by Hilton. Hugely popular with her colleagues, who were proud enough to nominate her, Olivia who the Achievement Against the Odds awards.
Joanna Duffy picked up Star Teacher for her support for children with special needs at Almondsbury Primary. Jo also took part in charity challenges to raise money to build a sensory room for children within the school.
For more information on previous winners, or to enter visit http://www.starsofthestokes.co.uk