Edinburgh Local Hero Awards 2023: there are just three weeks left to nominate local community heroes

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The event on December 6 will be the 10th year of the annual awards that celebrate the work of inspiring individuals from Edinburgh and the Lothians

Nominations are still open for the 10th Edinburgh Local Hero Awards which returns to the capital this December – but you’ll need to be quick with the closing date for nominations just three weeks away.

For a decade, the Edinburgh Evening News has been shining a light on heroes in the city who have consistently gone above and beyond for their communities. Our Local Hero Awards are back for the 10th year, and we’re asking you to nominate those who go the extra mile for people in Edinburgh. The annual awards recognise the work of unsung community heroes and see local people from Edinburgh and the Lothians nominated for their life changing work across 14 categories.

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People have until October 30 at to nominate their local hero with categories including Carer of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Community Champion and the Bravery Award. The highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the Edinburgh Local Hero Award where a panel of judges vote for an inspiring individual who they believe stands out above all other nominations.

The annual awards recognise the work of unsung community heroes and see local people from Edinburgh and the Lothians nominated for their life changing work across 14 categories. There are just three weeks left to get your nominations inThe annual awards recognise the work of unsung community heroes and see local people from Edinburgh and the Lothians nominated for their life changing work across 14 categories. There are just three weeks left to get your nominations in
The annual awards recognise the work of unsung community heroes and see local people from Edinburgh and the Lothians nominated for their life changing work across 14 categories. There are just three weeks left to get your nominations in

This year, Edinburgh Zoo, Forth 1, CityFibre and Eon – amongst others – will sponsor the black-tie event that takes place on December 6 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh. Welcoming over 200 attendees from across the city, guests will enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, a three-course gala dinner, entertainment and of course the awards themselves.

A spokesperson from Edinburgh Zoo said: “Edinburgh Zoo is sponsoring this fantastic awards programme in order to help shine a light on the outstanding contributions so many people make to improve their communities and the lives of others.“Alongside conservation, working with communities to broaden access to nature is at the very heart of what we do at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland because we know that people protect and value what they love and understand.”They added: “We are proud to stand alongside our communities, and encourage Edinburgh Evening News readers to nominate their Local Hero for one of these prestigious awards.”

This year’s categories are: The Edinburgh Local Hero Award, Neighbour of the Year, Community Champion, Teacher of the Year, Bravery Award, Carer of the Year, Parent or Guardian of the Year, Inspirational Young Adult, Junior Local Hero Award, Sustainable School Award, Volunteer of the Year, Sporting Hero, Fundraiser of the Year and the Music & Arts Award.

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Last year’s Edinburgh Local Hero Award went to Street Assist, who offer first aid and welfare services across the city centre every Friday and Saturday night, between 10pm and 4am. Since 2017 the project has assisted 5,300 people, saving the NHS an estimated £4.5 million in A&E visits.

For information on how to nominate a local hero this year, how to book tickets and to see a full list of categories, you can visit on the National World website. And if you are interested in sponsoring the Edinburgh Local Hero Awards this year, please get in touch with National World event manager Cameron Henderson at [email protected].

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