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?
Nominations have now closed and your suggestions will go to a panel of judges in September to decide who goes through in each of the eight categories for the chance of winning an award.
A list of the chosen finalists, with a write-up about each of them, will appear in the Express & Star and online. Readers can then vote for the person in each category who they think deserves to win by cutting out special tokens published in the newspaper.
The voting tokens will appear in the Express & Star from October 18 until November 17, 2018 and readers can collect as many as they like. During certain times you will also be able to cast your vote online. The winner or group in each category will be those with the most votes.
All our finalists will be offered the opportunity to attend a special awards ceremony in the New Year when the winners will be announced.
Terms and conditions:
The closing date for nominations has been extended until midnight on Monday, August 27, 2018. Proposers must be aged 18 years or over. Nominees should be living or working in the Black County or south Staffordshire, i.e. within the circulation area of the Express & 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.
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 and all personal data will be deleted three months after the campaign finishes.
Information (excluding contact details) on the person you have nominated will be used in-paper and online.
Employees and their immediate relatives of the MNA group of companies and campaign sponsors are not permitted to nominate in their own category. If there is a voting tie in any category, a judging panel will choose the outright winner. The Editor’s decision is final.