Introducing your 2017 Stars of Suffolk winners!

Winners of the Stars of Suffolk Awards 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Winners of the Stars of Suffolk Awards 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The Stars of Suffolk final is always an event to be rejoiced, but this year the nominees excelled with true tales of courage, strength and dedication demonstrating just what an outstanding place the county is.

Janice Scott received the Community Champion of the Year Award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Janice Scott received the Community Champion of the Year Award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Launched by businessman Mick Parker 10 years ago, the awards look to celebrate the unsung heroes in our county, who have overcome diversity, battled against the odds and worked tirelessly within their communities.

There was barely a dry eye at Trinity Park last night, and several candidates saw the audience stand in ovation in support of their achievements.

More awards than ever before were presented, with the introduction of the Lifetime Achievement and Lifetime Sporting Achievement categories.

Each winner received a prize tailored to their own interests, with a 10-night Fred. Olsen cruise, a £400 Coes of Ipswich shopping spree and pamper sessions at Ufford Park among the fantastic gifts donated by a number of Suffolk companies.


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Brad Jones, EADT and Ipswich Star editor, said: “This is undoubtedly one of the best nights of the year in Suffolk.

“We are delighted to help recognise the really wonderful work that goes on in Suffolk.”

Carer of the year – Elysha Young receiving her award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Carer of the year Elysha Young receiving her award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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Mick Parker said: “What a fantastic evening. The tales we hear on the night never cease to amaze me.

“The awards have done exactly what we set out to do - to celebrate so called ordinary people who do such extraordinary things, and expect nothing in return.

“Year on year the awards just get better and better, which is demonstrated by us creating new categories for 2017. Well done not only to our exceptional winners, but also to our outstanding finalists. The judges had no easy task in choosing the winners. You truly are all Stars of Suffolk.

Young Person of the Year Eve Brooks-Parkin receiving her award.
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Young Person of the Year Eve Brooks-Parkin receiving her award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

“A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and to those who donated prizes, without whom these awards would not be possible.”

Here are your winners:

Unsung Hero of the Year Mat Bayfield with his fiance Kelly Pritchard. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Unsung Hero of the Year Mat Bayfield with his fiance Kelly Pritchard. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Overall Star of Suffolk 2017 and Young Person of the Year

Eve Brooks-Parkin

Diana Porter receiving her Special Recognition Award from Minnie Moll from the Co-op. Picture: SAR

Diana Porter receiving her Special Recognition Award from Minnie Moll from the Co-op. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Special Recognition

Diana Porter, Fresh Start – New Beginnings

Mark Murphy chatting to Unsung Hero of the Year Mat Bayfield with his fiance Kelly Pritchard. Pict

Mark Murphy chatting to Unsung Hero of the Year Mat Bayfield with his fiance Kelly Pritchard. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Unsung Hero

Mat Bayfield

Shaun Whiter walking down the aisle on his wedding day. Picture: THOMAS ELLWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

Shaun Whiter walking down the aisle on his wedding day. Picture: THOMAS ELLWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Judges special award

Shaun Whiter

Terry Hunt received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Terry Hunt received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Lifetime Achievement

Terry Hunt and Nigel Pickover

Carer of the Year Elysha Young receiving her award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Carer of the Year Elysha Young receiving her award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Carer of the year

Elysha Youngs

Outstanding Sporting Achievement Award winner Jordan Catchpole with managing director of Ipswich Tow

Outstanding Sporting Achievement Award winner Jordan Catchpole with managing director of Ipswich Town Football Club, Ian Milne. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Outstanding Sporting Achievement

Jordan Catchpole

Lifetime Sporting Achievement Award winners� Allan Girot, Ann Negus and Brian Perks. Picture: SARAH

Lifetime Sporting Achievement Award winners� Allan Girot, Ann Negus and Brian Perks. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Inaugural Lifetime Sporting Achievement

Allan Girot, Ann Negus, Brian Perks

Janice Scott received the Community Champion of the Year Award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Janice Scott received the Community Champion of the Year Award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Community Champion

Janice Scott

Outstanding Bravery winner Isaac Bell with his family. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Outstanding Bravery winner Isaac Bell with his family. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Outstanding Bravery

Isaac Bell

Charlie Martin and Ali Angell receiving their award from Nick Hulme. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Charlie Martin and Ali Angell receiving their award from Nick Hulme. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Hospital Person of the Year

Charlie Martin & Ali Angel

Team of the Year winners� Caf� 66. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Team of the Year winners� Caf� 66. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Team of the Year

Café 66

John Cresswell receiving the award for
Search and Rescue Person of the Year. Picture: SARAH LUCY

John Cresswell receiving the award for Search and Rescue Person of the Year. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Search and Rescue Person of the Year

John Cresswell

Brian Hawes receiving his Fire Service Person of the Year Award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Brian Hawes receiving his Fire Service Person of the Year Award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Fire Person of the Year

Brian Hawes

Mark Murphy chatting to Volunteer of the Year, Irene Rowe. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Mark Murphy chatting to Volunteer of the Year, Irene Rowe. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Volunteer of the Year

Irene Rowe

Armed Services Person of the Year, Gary Croot, receiving his award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Armed Services Person of the Year, Gary Croot, receiving his award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Armed Services Person of the Year

Gary Croot

Police Person of the Year, Ginny Shoesmith, receiving her award from Suffolk County Council leader,

Police Person of the Year, Ginny Shoesmith, receiving her award from Suffolk County Council leader, Colin Noble. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Police Person of the Year

Ginny Shoesmith

For full details on the winning candidates and more pictures from the night, grab your eight-page supplement in Monday’s EADT and Ipswich Star.

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