Campbeltown awards get off to spirited start

Cheryl Brown, left, is the creator of the Spirit of Campbeltown Awards which will recognise the unsung heroes who have supported the community throughout the pandemic.

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An awards scheme created to shine a spotlight on Campbeltown’s unsung heroes is off to a spirited start.

Inspired by the Pride of Britain Awards which honour people who have acted bravely or extraordinarily in challenging situations, the Spirit of Campbeltown Awards aim to recognise those who have gone above and beyond for the community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Created by Campbeltown woman Cheryl Brown, the awards are being sponsored by Springbank Distillery which will fund medals made by Campbeltown Pottery as well as providing prizes for the adult winners.

Run through Cheryl’s Facebook page, the awards will recognise the efforts of people across 12 categories:

  • Service with a Smile
  • Young Person of the Year
  • Community Group of the Year
  • Role Model of the Year
  • Exceptional Achievement of the Year
  • Business of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Helping Hand Award
  • Educator of the Year
  • Tradesman of the Year
  • Keyworker of the Year
  • The Heart of the Community Award

From Monday, nominations were being accepted for the first three categories: Young Person of the Year, Community Group of the Year and Service with a Smile.

Open to people aged between three and 16, the Young Person of the Year Award recognises a young person who thinks of others before themselves or a young person who has their own challenges to overcome and makes their parents proud every day.

The Community Group of the Year Award is for a community group which, despite the pandemic, carried on virtually or face-to-face and continued to improve the lives of others.

The Service with a Smile Award will be given to someone who works in customer service who always goes out of their way for their customers and has worked hard through the pandemic.

There is still time to have your say as nominations for these categories can be made until Monday June 28 at 9am.

People can nominate just one person for each category by commenting on the post on Cheryl’s page.

They must state who they are nominating and include a message to say why the nominee deserves to win the particular award.

Nominations made without a justification will not be considered.

Voting will then reopen on Monday for the next categories which will be announced that day.

All nominees will be judged by Cheryl, South Kintyre councillor John Armour and Campbeltown Courier reporter Hannah O’Hanlon.

Cheryl said: ‘It’s amazing to see so many people getting involved and nominating the people they think have gone the extra mile for the community since the beginning of the pandemic.

‘We will be revealing the details of the remaining categories in the next few weeks – keep an eye on my Facebook page for more information and don’t miss your chance to get your nominations in.

‘Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far. I look forward to seeing more of Campbeltown community spirit as more categories are revealed.’