WITH the deadline for nominations for the Solihull Together for better lives awards now closed, it has been revealed that this year’s entries have more than doubled last year’s total nominations.
The Observer-supported campaign has seen a fantastic 108 nominations for the various categories to celebrate the achievements of people and organisations who are working together to improve the quality of life for all Solihull residents.
Judges will now join forces for the difficult task of choosing the winners – who will be announced at this year’s ceremony on WHEN?
Jacqueline Aldred, Chair of Healthwatch Solihull and Chair of the Awards Judging Panel, said: “It’s a fantastic response to the awards, especially as this is only our second year.
“I think it’s going to be a tough job to select the winners from all these nominations but we’re really excited about reading through the entries and hearing about the outstanding individuals and groups providing care and support in Solihull.
“The response goes to show how much we have to celebrate and be proud of in this borough.”
As well as being media partner for the awards, The Observer also sponsored the Outstanding Neighbour award, which received an impressive 20 nominations.
Editor Chris Willmott said: “The Solihull Observer has been delighted to be involved with such a fantastic and worthwhile cause and I am over the moon to have received so many nominations for the Outstanding Neighbour award.
“The difficult job lies ahead in choosing a winner from the many outstanding nominations.
“Thank you to everyone who nominated in all of the categories and have made this year’s awards such a success so far.”
Also on the judging panel are Coun Ken Meeson, Chair of the Solihull Health and Wellbeing Board, Pat Wilkinson, an Expert by Experience, Kevin Rudge, a member of Solihull CCG’s Patient Voice Panel and the Patient Community Panel for Solihull Hospital and Maureen Johnson, Carer Governor at Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust.
Judging takes place on Thursday, March 24 and the shortlisted finalists will be announced the following week.
All the finalists and their supporters will be invited to the Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 21 from 1.30pm to 4pm at the Renewal Conference Centre, Lode Lane, Solihull.
Tickets will also be available via the Solihull Together website www.solihultogether.co.uk