THE contenders for the first Highland Heroes Awards are capturing the hearts of our readers, with votes flooding in from across the region.
Shortlisted nominees in the 12 categories were featured in a 20-page supplement in last Friday’s Inverness Courier along with details of how to vote for those you think are most deserving of recognition.
Without exception their stories are moving, humbling, uplifting and inspiring. If you haven’t voted yet, you have until October 30 to do so.
The awards are being organised by Scottish Provincial Press (SPP) as a way of honouring those in our midst who set a perfect example through their selfless actions, their bravery or their kindness and consideration to others.
These people – of all ages and from many walks of life – are making a real and lasting difference to their communities.
The awards are being promoted through five SPP newspapers in the Highlands – the Ross-shire Journal, Strathspey & Badenoch Herald, Northern Times and John O’Groat Journal as well as the Courier. All are at the heart of the communities they serve and are encouraging their readers to play a full part in selecting the winners.
Nominations were submitted from throughout the north before our five-strong judging panel drew up a shortlist in each category.
Public-spirited businesses and groups have been eager to support the awards through sponsorship. The latest sponsor to come on board is Inverness-based Castle Security Group, in the primary pupil of the year category. Its managing director Jim Ferguson said: "We are delighted to be supporting the primary pupil of the year category on behalf of Castle Security Group and honoured to be taking part in the presentations."
To pick your winners, simply go to www.inverness-courier.co.uk/heroes
Alternatively, fill in the coupon that appeared in our supplement last Friday and post it to Highland Heroes Vote, Scottish Provincial Press, New Century House, Stadium Road, Inverness IV1 1FG. Only original coupons will be accepted – photocopies will not be counted.
After the October 30 deadline all the online and postal votes will be tallied and the winners will be announced at a grand ceremony in the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, on November 9. All those who have been shortlisted will be invited to attend.
Around 200 guests will enjoy an evening of good company, great food and fantastic entertainment. The ceremony will be hosted by broadcaster Nicky Marr and SPP editorial director David Bourn. He said: "It will be an honour to congratulate and reward so many deserving men, women and young people who have made such an impact in their communities through their hard work, kindness and dedication."
Tickets are available priced £40 per person. To purchase a ticket contact Emma Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org