Representatives of North Staffs Young Carers receive a Future Star Award from Jonny Wilkes.

Do you know an unsung hero? Welcome to the return of the Your Heroes Awards campaign which highlights the unsung heroes of communities across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

Your Heroes is sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, GivEnergy and Woolcool and organised by Staffordshire University in partnership with numerous local organisations and businesses.

The Your Heroes campaign recognises Children of Courage, Future Stars, Charity Champions, Volunteers, Community Groups, NHS Heroes, Inspirations in Education, Carers, Uniformed Heroes, individuals and organisations demonstrating Civic Pride plus Sporting Icons.

Dr Alison Brind receives an NHS Hero Award from boxer Nathan Heaney.

Categories are as follows:

  • Child of Courage
  • Future Star
  • Charity Champion/Volunteer of the Year
  • Community Group of the Year
  • NHS Hero
  • Inspiration in Education Award 
  • Carer of the Year
  • Uniformed Hero
  • Civic Pride Award 
  • Sporting Icon

Summer Walker, Henri Brammer and Alfie Donnelly receive their Child of Courage prizes from actress Rachel Shenton.

Nominations are submitted via the Your Heroes Awards website and promoted on social media and through local media until the closing date on Monday, September 23.

The judging panel then meets to choose the winners ahead of a star-studded, black tie dinner for 250+ guests which will take place at the Double Tree by Hilton Stoke-on-Trent (formerly the Moat House Hotel, Festival Park) on Thursday, November 28, 2024.

Celebrities including Oscar-winning actress Rachel Shenton, stage star Jonathan Wilkes, comedian and TV presenter Nick Hancock, master potter and ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down judge Keith Brymer-Jones, playwright Deb McAndrew and numerous sporting stars and civic dignitaries have again kindly pledged their support for Your Heroes.

Councillor Jane Ashworth OBE, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said:

“It’s a privilege to be involved in the Your Heroes Awards once again this year.
“Stoke-on-Trent and the wider North Staffordshire area have so many brave and selfless people who put others first. It is only right that we recognise and give our heartfelt thanks to these unsung heroes.

“Through their selflessness they help to make Stoke-on-Trent the warmest and friendliest of cities. We can all draw inspiration from and take pride in the amazing stories uncovered by the Your Heroes Awards.”

Professor Martin Jones, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Staffordshire University, said:

“Staffordshire University has been a longtime supporter of the Heroes Awards and now organises this celebration, sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and two of the region’s leading businesses, of some of the outstanding people living, working and studying in our communities.

“As a Civic University committed to improving the quality of life of people living within the county and the wider region we hope to engage with the winners and see how we can help them on their personal journey or work with them to bring about continued improvements for our communities.”

Jason Howlett, the CEO of GivEnergy, said: “I was in the audience at the last Your Heroes Awards and experienced just how powerful and moving this community awards campaign is.

“Your Heroes celebrates unsung heroes who may otherwise go unrecognised. I am delighted that GivEnergy is now able to be a sponsor and I look forward to being on the judging panel.”

Josie Morris MBE DL, the Managing Director of Woolcool, said: “Having been in the audience for the Your Heroes Awards and witnessed the power it has to reach right into the heart of communities to recognise the very best of us I am delighted that Woolcool is now able to be a sponsor.”

Martin Tideswell, Director of Communities and Commercial Engagement at Staffordshire University will Chair the Your Heroes judging panel and host the awards ceremony.

He said: “The Your Heroes Awards campaign is well-established and the awards dinner is one of the most important events on the Civic calendar because it celebrates the people and organisations that are, quite genuinely, the glue which bind our communities together.

“We are proud to share the stories of these humbling, unassuming individuals and groups – and highlight what a remarkable, friendly and inspiring place we live in.

“Ain’t no party like a Your Heroes party!”