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Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2023 winners announced

The Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2023 <i>(Image: Matt Potter Photography)</i>
The Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2023 (Image: Matt Potter Photography)

The best of the region's unsung heroes have been recognised at a feel-good ceremony.

It's the 11th year the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards have taken place.

And the annual event continues to shine a light on those in our community who have shown selfless acts of kindness, bravery or heroism.

Organised by this newspaper, the awards are an opportunity to thank the groups, organisations, and individuals who have gone the extra mile across 12 different categories.

The Overall Star award, which is decided by the judges, went to Steven Russell, who has worked for the Norfolk County Council for more than 30 years, ensuring equal opportunities for disabled people and those with learning difficulties.

Eastern Daily Press: The Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2023
Eastern Daily Press: The Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2023

He is a chair of trustees for charity, the Bridge for Heroes.

He has also travelled to India for many years assisting the Bethesda's Trust, taking abandoned and at-risk children to safe and vital homes and orphanages that he has also helped to build.  

Eastern Daily Press: The Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2023
Eastern Daily Press: The Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2023

EDP editor Richard Porritt said: "I'm proud we've been able to put on another memorable Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards.

“Every year, the awards acknowledge the amazing deeds being carried out in the area.

"They also give us the opportunity to give our winners and finalists the recognition they deserve.

"Thank you to everyone who has helped to put this year's event on - including all of our sponsors - and the in-house team who worked so hard on the event."

Held at the Assembly House in Norwich, the awards presentation took place on Thursday, November 30.

All the winners received tickets from Norwich Theatre to this year’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty.

  • Get a copy of Saturday's EDP for an eight-page special supplement from the event, featuring photographs of all the winners and their stories.

The full list of the EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2022 winners:  

Eastern Daily Press: The Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2023
Eastern Daily Press: The Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2023

Animal Hero of the Year sponsored by Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Winner: Alfie (dog)

Finalists:

Bo Peep (miniature donkey)

Dot on Thyme (horse)

Morgan (cat)  

Carer of the Year

Winner: Sian Moy

Finalists:

Judith Cooper  

Linda Allison  

Charity Hero of the Year Award sponsored by Potters Friends Foundation

Winner: Richard Thurlow  

Finalists:

Helen Eckles

Kirsty Woods  

Penny Harris  

Excellence in Education category sponsored by Step Teachers

Winner: Teresa Grix  

Finalists:

Danny Sweatman  

Gemma Keough  

Kieron Goreman  

Lifetime Commitment to the Community sponsored by Norwich Theatre

Winner: Steven Russell  

Finalists:

Gez Chetal  

Shirley Ramm  

Trudi Revell  

NHS & Emergency Services Personnel of the Year

Winner: Stalham Fire Station, On Call Crew  

Finalists:

Carl Smith  

Jordan Ellis and Andy Ormiston  

Kate Stanton  

Outstanding Bravery Act of the Year

Winner: Scott Stones

Finalists:

Chloe Holmes

Theo Maun and Max Terry

Team/Community Group of the Year

Winner: SOS Bus Norwich  

Eastern Daily Press: The Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2023
Eastern Daily Press: The Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2023

Finalists:

Dereham Community Litter Pickers

Dereham Ukraine Aid Centre  

Iceni Rugby Football Club  

Unsung Community Hero of the Year

Winner: Stu Burman  

Finalists:

Jackie Hamilton  

Joseph Ballard  

Stacy Bradley  

Young Person of the Year sponsored by Vattenfall 

Winner: Theo Yeldham  

Finalists:

Ellis Fenn  

Mason and Bastian Spagnola  

Sofia Honey Adcock

Judges’ Special Award  (non-entry category)

This award was decided by the judges and goes to someone who has not won a previous category, but nevertheless deserves recognition.  

The finalists in this category were Jackie Hamilton, Bo Peep, Chloe Holmes, Dereham Ukraine Centre and Danny Sweatman.  

The winner of the Judges’ Special Award was the Iceni Rugby Football Club from the Team/Community Group of the Year.

Overall Star of Norfolk and Waveney (non-entry category)

Chosen by the judges from one of the category winners, the winner of the Overall Star or Norfolk and Waveney was Steven Russell.