With the nomination period of the Pride of Andover Awards 2018 almost over, time is running out to recognise the unsung heroes of Andover town.

Sponsored by an array of local businesses passionate about the town and its community, this year’s 9 awards categories have been created to shine a much-needed light on inspiring individuals working & volunteering in and around Andover to strengthen our community.

The Pride of Andover Awards 2018 offers the opportunity for anyone nominated to be shortlisted for an award, including the Sue Sheppard Award, sponsored by The Commercial Centre.

This special award is for someone who has demonstrated personal courage, bravery or endeavour to overcome a personal challenge or has, against the odds, dramatically turned their life around showing with hard work, passion and belief that anyone, despite their circumstances, can make a success of things.

Simon Potter of The Commercial Centre commented on the award:

“For me, supporting local initiatives like this is important because local people support our businesses, and I like to give something back to the community. I choose to support the Sue Sheppard Award particularly because I knew Sue personally, so this category means a great deal to me.

“There are so many unsung heroes in Andover, doing wonderful things for our town that go unnoticed, and I believe it’s so vital that unsung heroes do receive the recognition they deserve; if they didn’t continue selflessly contributing to the community in the way they do, their absence would be noticed!”

The category sponsors for The Pride of Andover Awards 2018 are:

• David Mellor Family Jewellers – Spirit of Andover Award

• The Commercial Centre – Sue Sheppard Award

• Andover Framing – Services Award

• Andover Vision – Community Champion Award

• New Street Dental Care – Young Person of the Year Award

• The Breeze – Inspiring Others Award

• Places for People – Sports Award

• Ocado – Fundraiser Award

• Aspire Defence – Heart of Gold Award

The nomination period for the Pride of Andover Awards is now underway and ends on 31st August. Those interested in nominating their colleagues, friends or family for an award are asked to do so by filling out the simple online form, available on the Pride of Andover Awards’ website. The Pride of Andover Awards exists to shed light on the town’s unsung heroes – endorsing the inspiring and often selfless actions of Andover’s most generous individuals; promoting a sense of pride in our unique north Hampshire town.