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Give thanks to those who go beyond their call of duty


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Robert Thorburn, Openreach partnership director for Scotland, sponsor of the emergency services/armed forces hero award.
Robert Thorburn, Openreach partnership director for Scotland, sponsor of the emergency services/armed forces hero award.

Those brave individuals who work in the emergency services or armed forces already do more than the average person would ever dream of doing.

Whether it is their sense of duty, a calling or it is just who they are, their courage and commitment is deserving of so much more than they receive.

And then they are those who go beyond even that.

In our small part we aim to recognise and celebrate those individuals with a Highland Heroes award for an emergency services / armed forces hero.

The award will be given to an outstanding member of the emergency services or armed forces who has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

The award is being sponsored by Openreach, Scotland’s national digital network business.

Robert Thorburn, Openreach partnership director for Scotland, said: “We’ve loved being part of Highland Heroes in the past and are very proud to once again be involved in such a fantastic, uplifting event.

“Our category recognises the phenomenal work of emergency services and armed forces personnel across the region.

"In a year like no other, we’re hoping to hear lots of tales of the heroic ways they’ve supported people and communities during the pandemic.

“Our own frontline engineers have continued to work safely to keep local people connected throughout, and we’re excited to be building ultrafast, full fibre networks in many Highland communities and starting our R100 build in the north of Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

“We’re really looking forward to celebrating the Highlands’ unsung heroes.

"If you know someone who’s gone the extra mile, please don’t hesitate ‒ nominate them now!”

There are 14 main categories:

  • Brave child
  • Volunteer
  • Charitable organisation
  • Fundraiser
  • Carer
  • Primary pupil
  • Primary teacher
  • Secondary pupil
  • Secondary teacher
  • Community champion
  • School of the year
  • Emergency services or armed forces hero
  • Public servant
  • Healthcare hero

Read about the awards for brave child of the year; primary pupil and teacher of the year; charitable organisation of the year; community champion and volunteer of the year; and school of the year.

Over the coming weeks, your favourite Highland News & Media (HNM) websites, app and newspapers will include a special feature about the categories along with all the details on how you can nominate individuals or organisations in your community.

Once all of your nominations have been submitted, our judging panel will create a shortlist which will then go before a public vote to choose the Highland Heroes 2022.

There is also a special award, hero of heroes, which will be chosen from the award winners and announced on the night of the awards ceremony.

All of the awards will be presented at the event at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness on Thursday, March 24.

Nominate all of your Heroes at www.hnmedia.co.uk/highlandheroes

The nominations for Highland Heroes 2022 close on Friday, January 14.

Who will you nominate?
Who will you nominate?

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