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Say thank you for being there in a time of need

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Robert Thorburn, partnership director for Openreach in Scotland. Photo: Malcolm Cochrane Photography
Robert Thorburn, partnership director for Openreach in Scotland. Photo: Malcolm Cochrane Photography

PEOPLE who work in the emergency services or armed forces are already heroes but some take it to a whole new level.

The Highland Heroes awards are looking for said individuals who have gone above and beyond to help and protect others.

The category for emergency services or armed forces hero, which is sponsored by Openreach, is a chance to give them the recognition they deserve.

Robert Thorburn, partnership director for Openreach in Scotland, said: “We’re really excited about being part of the Highland Heroes awards for the first time this year, and the emergency services or armed forces award has a special resonance for us.

“We’re proud to be the biggest business employer of ex-armed forces personnel in the UK, with more than 4000 employees who’ve served in the army, navy or RAF, including 200 active reservists.

“Our engineers are often to be found in the thick of the action, keeping people connected come rain, hail, lightning, landslides or snow – whatever the Highland climate throws at us.”

He added: “I look forward to handing over the award in November and to hearing about all the amazing nominees – so if you know a Highland hero from the emergency services or armed forces, please share their story and make sure they get the recognition they deserve.”

Another worthy category in the Highland Heroes awards is healthcare professional of the year, which is sponsored by Inverness Travel.

The travel agency organises bespoke breaks across the globe but was keen to put its name to a more local enterprise in this year’s Highland Heroes awards.

This healthcare professional accolade is for the people who look after us in our time of need – whether that be a life-changing event like the birth of a new child, a medical emergency or caring for a family member through illness.

Healthcare professionals are on the frontline each and every day, dealing with whatever and whoever comes their way.

We rely on the NHS day in, day out but how often do we stop and say a big “thank you” to those who really do care?

So if you know somebody who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in their role as a healthcare professional, let us know by nominating them today. You could be a patient, a family member or even a colleague.

Readers of five SPP Media group newspapers across the region are being encouraged to nominate their local heroes across 14 categories in the Highland Heroes awards, which are now in their third year.

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