how to Nominate

What's it all about?

The Shropshire Star, along with the awards sponsors, are searching for the outstanding and selfless individuals and groups across the region who make a difference to the people around them - and usually don’t expect any recognition for what they do.

They may be members of your family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, or someone who you have heard about and found their story inspirational.

But we can’t reward them - unless you tell us!

How to nominate

If you know someone who deserves to be considered, simply complete the nomination form

We are looking for people in the following categories: 

  • Carer Award
  • Community Champion
  • Environmental Champion
  • Farming Community Champion
  • Fundraiser of the Year
  • Good Neighbour Award
  • Grandparent of the Year
  • Outstanding Bravery
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Star Award

Don’t worry if you’re not sure which one they fit into, the judges will decide for you. A full explanation of category details can be found here.

The person, or people, you nominate should live or work in the Shropshire and mid Wales area, i.e. within the circulation area of the Shropshire Star. You can also nominate yourself.You can make as many nominations as you like but please complete separate nomination forms for each individual or group.

Online nominations close midnight, Sunday, June 2. In paper nominations must be received by 5pm on Friday, June 7 to the below address.

Send your nominations to:

The Editor

The Great Big Thank You Awards

Shropshire Star

Waterloo Road




You can either complete the nomination form here or use the form available in the Shropshire Star newspaper during the competition.

What happens next?

A panel of judges will decide who goes through to the next round in each of the nine categories for the chance of winning an award.

The chosen finalists, with a write-up about each of them, will appear in the Shropshire Star and online. You can then vote for the person in each category who you think deserves to win by cutting out special tokens published in the newspaper. The voting tokens will appear in the
Shropshire Star from July 18 until August 10 and you can collect as many as you like. During certain times you will also be able to cast your  vote online.

When will be winners be announced?

As soon as we receive your tokens they will be counted and verified to identify the winner in each category.

The winner of each of the categories, along with the category sponsors, will be invited to a special afternoon awards ceremony at Hadley Park Hotel, Telford where they will receive their award.

Terms & Conditions

The closing date for online entries is midnight, Sunday, June 2, 2019. In paper nominations must be received by 5pm on Friday, June 7 to the Shropshire Star. Proposers must be aged 18 years or over. Nominees should be living or working in the Shropshire and mid Wales area, i.e. within the circulation area of the Shropshire Star. All  nominees’ contact information must be on an official nomination form, either in print (and signed by the proposer) or online. You should tell your nominee that you are putting their name forward. If the nominee is under the age of 16, then you must inform their parent/guardian, whose signature will be required for the print form or if nominating online, selecting the tick box on the electronic form to indicate you have done so. If making more than one nomination, please use separate forms. By completing the nomination form you agree to the full terms & conditions. All proposers and nominees must be prepared to take part in any relevant publicity including photographic and video coverage in print and online.  If selected as a finalist your nominee will be contacted by post, email or telephone and asked if they wish to take part in the campaign. All contact information will be held for the purpose of this campaign only. Information (excluding contact details) on the finalists you have nominated will be used in-paper and online.  Employees and their immediate relatives of the MNA group of companies, agents and anyone professionally connected to the promotion are not eligible to enter. Each winner will receive a prize. There is no cash or prize alternative. If there is a voting tie in any category, a judging panel will choose the outright winner. The Editor’s decision is final.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the team on 01902 319360.