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Last call for Stars of Suffolk nominations – do you know someone who deserves an extra special mention?

PUBLISHED: 21:00 19 September 2018

Carer of the year, Elysha Young, receiving her award at last year's ceremony Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Carer of the year, Elysha Young, receiving her award at last year's ceremony Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Time is almost up for nominating this year’s Stars of Suffolk, so make sure to tell us about your unsung heroes.

Ros and Mick Parker, founders of the Stars of Suffolk Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNRos and Mick Parker, founders of the Stars of Suffolk Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

One of the highlights of the Suffolk calendar is almost upon us – a night to celebrate the ordinary people who do extraordinary things in this county.

It may be someone who has shown extreme courage and compassion, served as a role model for young people, a dedicated emergency services worker, or someone who has simply made a profound difference to the lives of others.

These are the unsung heroes who make Suffolk great – and the awards, supported by the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star – will celebrate what they do.

Now, as the deadline for nominations approaches, judges are keen to hear from anybody with a extraordinary story to tell.

There are more than a dozen categories, and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Trinity Park in November.

Judges are particularly interested in nominations for seven key categories: Carer of the Year, Young Person, Outstanding Bravery, Search and Rescue Person of the Year, Fire Person of the Year, Armed Services Person of the Year, and Unsung Hero.

Last year, 15-year-old Eve Brooks-Parkin was crowned Overall Star of Suffolk for her sheer determination to help poorly and vulnerable children. She has dedicated much of her time volunteering with the Eden-Rose Coppice Trust.

The awards were launched by Mick Parker, of Parker Communications, 11 years ago to honour Suffolk’s bravest, most dedicated and caring individuals.

Brad Jones, editor of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star said: “Our newspapers are extremely proud to support Stars of Suffolk year on year. We consistently receive nominations for truly extraordinary individuals who are an inspiration to our readers.

“If you know anybody who deserves a special mention for their kindness and compassion, courage, hard work or sheer determination to help others, then please do get in touch.

“Our county would not be the same without our unsung heroes, and we cherish the opportunity to recognise them for everything they do.”

Flagship Housing Group is the main event sponsor, while Suffolk County Council, BBC Radio Suffolk, Cipher Crystal, Ipswich Hospital, RFT, Gasway, MC Contracts, JLS Catering, Ipswich Building Society, Hudson Signs, Fred Olsen, Elmy Cycles, East of England Coop, Suffolk Agricultural Association, Ipswich Town Football Club, Adnams, Hintlesham Hall, Cottage.com and RAF Wattisham also sponsor the event.

Nominations close on September 30 – and can be made using the online form at www.eadt.co.uk or www.ipswichstar.co.uk. Judges will draw up a shortlist in each category and all winners will receive a trophy and a special prize.

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