The Pride of Andover Awards is proud to announce that Dame Esther Rantzen will continue to support the annual awards scheme. The renowned journalist and TV presenter will back the awards for a 9th year, helping to make sure everyone living or working in and around Andover knows about our town’s unsung heroes; the people who are quietly making such a big difference to so many lives.

Dame Esther will once again make the journey to Andover to be a high-profile guest at the glitzy presentation evening, where she will do the honour of presenting each award to the deserving winners.

Karen Hamilton, Chairman of The Pride of Andover Awards says: “We are delighted to have Dame Esther Rantzen as our celebrity supporter again this year. Her support over the years has been invaluable and we are sure that both the committee and this year’s finalists will be very excited to meet her on the 2nd November at The Lights.”

Dame Esther Rantzen says: “Throughout my time supporting The Pride of Andover Awards, I have been stunned by the community spirit of Andover and the extraordinary people I have met over the years. Dame Esther Rantzen.

“You should know you have a town to be proud of with outstanding citizens who really do care for each other.”

As a way of saying thank you for her support, The Pride of Andover Awards will once again donate funds to Dame Esther’s charities – Childline and Silverline. Details of these worthwhile causes can be found via http://www.childline.org.uk/ and http://www.thesilverline.org.uk/.

Nominations for The Pride of Andover Awards 2015 have now closed, and the judging process is now underway. Details of finalists will be announced in due course.

The winner of each category will be automatically nominated for the Spirit of Andover Award. Sponsored by the awards main sponsors David Mellor Jewellers, the title recognises an individual or group who have really gone above and beyond to give something back to the local community.

Award category sponsors include Simplyhealth, Andover and Test Valley Gazette, Bulpitt Print, Andover IT, KP Safety Solutions and The Breeze Radio.

For more information on The Pride of Andover Awards and its sponsors, visit www.prideofandoverawards.org.uk .

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