Your suggestions wanted for Pride of Essex Awards

Susie Cornell, founder of the Pride of Essex awards, with Mike Fitzgerald of ECL

Susie Cornell, founder of the Pride of Essex awards, with Mike Fitzgerald of ECL - Credit: Archant

Nominations are wanted for unsung heroes in Essex who deserve recognition.

The Unsung Hero Award within the Pride of Essex Awards is now open for entries.

Sponsored by ECL (formerly Essex Cares), the honour will recognise someone who has delivered exceptional care in the community and made a real difference to the lives of others.

Nominees can be professionals, family carers or volunteers.

The Pride of Essex Awards were founded in 1994 by MS sufferer Susie Cornell to reward achievement over adversity.

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They have since become a prestigious annual event celebrating the county’s day-to-day heroes and heroines.

Liz Chidgey, managing director of ECL, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the Unsung Hero Award at this year’s Pride of Essex event.

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“There are thousands of people in the county who spend time caring for others, whether it’s a loved one, friend or neighbour, or in a professional capacity.

“If you know someone unique who has done something extraordinary in caring for others, make sure you nominate them today.”

Mrs Cornell added: “Every single person who is nominated for a Pride of Essex Award is an incredibly special person.”

Nominations close on October 31, with the awards ceremony taking place on November 24 at Anglia Ruskin University.

As well receiving a Pride of Essex Award, winners also receive a cash prize.

To make a nomination in any of the categories visit

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