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One winner will be the ultimate Highland hero


By Features Reporter


The nomination deadline for this year’s Highland Heroes awards is fast approaching and readers are urged to get their entries in before midnight on Saturday, August 31.

After the closing date has passed, the judging panel will start the difficult task of sifting through all the worthy nominees to create a shortlist of candidates for each of the 14 categories, which will be featured in a special supplement so readers can vote for their favourite.

But the judge’s job will not end when the shortlist is finalised because there is a 15th category – overall hero of the year – to be presented to one of the accolade winners during the award ceremony at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness on Thursday, November 7.

This special category, sponsored by social enterprise and property services specialist Highland Residential, will give the ultimate recognition to one of the winning heroes.

Samantha Cribb, head of Highland Residential, which is sponsoring the overall hero of the year category.
Samantha Cribb, head of Highland Residential, which is sponsoring the overall hero of the year category.

Samantha Cribb, head of Highland Residential, said: “We’re thrilled to sponsor the overall hero category at this year’s awards, which recognises the hard work and contributions made by individuals in the Highland community.

“There are many people that go to great lengths to help our community and sometimes their work can go unnoticed.

“It’s fantastic that we as a community thank these people for their efforts in making the Highlands a much fairer and better place to live. A spirit that we as a community focused business embody.”

The overall winner category was introduced for the first time at last year’s Highland Heroes awards, where it was presented to Jean Munro (85), from Inverness.

She was named volunteer of the year in recognition of the time and dedication she has given to various local organisations over the last five decades.

The judges felt her long service of voluntary work also made her worthy of the winner of winners title.

Jean Munro receiving the overall hero award as last year's Highland Heroes. Picture: Callum MacKay/SPP
Jean Munro receiving the overall hero award as last year's Highland Heroes. Picture: Callum MacKay/SPP

Jean said: “It’s absolutely incredible. When you start volunteering you never do it because you think you’re going to get awards.

“I’ve been volunteering for 46 years and what keeps me going is knowing that you are going to see somebody and make them happy.”

To nominate somebody you feel deserves recognition in one of the 14 categories – and to give them the chance to become overall hero of the year – fill in and return the form below by post to the address given. Or you can email the entry form to heroes@spp-group.com

Alternatively, nominate your Highland Heroes online at https:/www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HighlandHeroes2019



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