What's it all about?

The Express & Star, along with the awards sponsors, have been 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.

We asked you to tell us about your family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, or someone who you have heard about and found their story inspirational. They could have provided a helping hand or stepped up when needed - the people who make a positive difference to where you live and work. 

And you did. Thank you!

What happens next?

Now we have revealed the finalists in each of the eight categories, it’s up to you to get behind the people whose stories inspire you the most and who you think deserves to be publicly recognised. 

Your votes really do make a difference!

How to vote

Take a look at the finalist’s supplement which appeared in the Express & Star on Thursday, October 18.

Special vote tokens will be printed in the newspaper for you to cut out and keep every day. 

Don’t miss bonus vote tokens every Saturday!

Simply keep the tokens in a safe place until the last one has been published on Saturday, November 17, then complete the Voting Tokens Return Form.  You can download and print the Voting Tokens Return Form here, alternatively the form will be printed in the Express & Star newspaper every Saturday during the competition.

You can vote for people in all the categories, but for only one finalist in each one.

Send the form, along with your tokens to:
The Editor
The Great Big Thank You Awards
Express & Star
51-53 Queen Street

The deadline for forms and tokens to be received is by Wednesday, November 28. If the form and tokens are received after this date, the votes will NOT be counted.

Remember to include your voting tokens with your form!

When will the winners be announced?

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

The finalists of each of the eight categories, along with the category sponsors, will be invited to a special awards ceremony at WV1, Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton on Thursday, January, 17 when the winners will be announced.

Voting Tokens Return Form Finalists Supplement

Terms and conditions:

Online voting: The online voting period is from 9am Monday, November 12 until 12 noon on Friday, November 16, 2018. Individuals may vote online up to a maximum of 25 times. It is possible to vote for more than one finalist but only one finalist per category. All votes will be subject to scrutiny and multiple online votes, from the same person or IP address, exceeding 25, will be declared void.

Printed vote tokens: Closing date for receipt of vote tokens is Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Tokens must be accompanied with a fully complete Voting Tokens Return Form. Photocopied or defaced tokens will not be counted. Tokens must be cut around the dotted lines. If posting, the correct postage must be put on the envelope. Entries with incorrect/insufficient postage will not be accepted nor will they be collected from Royal Mail and the entry will therefore be void. No responsibility will be accepted for any submissions which are lost, damaged, or delayed in the post. If there is a voting tie in any category, a judging panel will choose the outright winner. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.