The award categories for The Great Big Thank You Awards 2018 are as follows:
Ambassador of the Year
This award will go to a person who has done the most to promote their Shropshire roots within their chosen charity, team or hobby.
They play a vital role within the local community and will have directly or indirectly promoted the region, helping others to learn more about the place we call home.
This award recognises someone who looks after or helps to support other people, a family member, friend or other relative. They may run errands, do shopping, tidy homes and gardens, help to care for pets or simply pop round for a morale-boosting chat.
The trophy will go to someone who has served or inspired others or performed in an exceptional way as they have given something back to their community. They have gone the extra mile for the benefit of their community, helping it flourish. Without them, life would not be the same.
This award recognises the person or group working hard to put the planet first. They might be helping nature flourish, protecting a conservation area or finding ways to improve the environment. This is to acknowledge their efforts and the example they set to others.
Fundraiser of the Year
There are often personal reasons why individuals decide to put time and effort into raising money for a particular cause. This award is not necessarily about the amount of cash raised, it is more about the commitment involved.
Grandparent of the Year
This is the chance for grandchildren to say thank you for the help, love and support they get from their grandparents. It could involve stepping in during a family crisis or simply being there at times of need. They might be actively involved in the community too.
We are looking for a person who has shown exceptional courage or determination in order to help others, perhaps putting their own life in danger. This may have been helping out in an emergency, saving someone’s life or preventing a scene deteriorating into a dangerous situation. It could be a member of the emergency services who has been outstanding in their field on or off duty.
Volunteer of the Year
This award will go to an individual who regularly puts others before themselves and is generous with their time to support an individual or group. Some people dedicate a significant proportion of their lives to helping others, receiving no financial reward. This is their chance to be recognised.
This award celebrates the young person, aged 16 or under, who has gone above and beyond in achieving their goals in the past 12 months. They may have inspired others by dedicating time and effort to help people – or become a leading light in their sport or hobby. Indeed they may have faced adversity through an accident or illness and come out stronger the other side.