About the Awards

What are the Ely Hero Awards?

We all know Ely and the surrounding villages are great places to live and work. We wanted to shine a light on the heroes in our wonderful community who are the most compassionate, determined, honourable, kind, supportive and brave – an inspiration to us all.

Reflecting the spirit of this, the idea of the very first Ely Hero Awards was born in 2017. This inaugral event was the brainchild of Naomi Sherwood, Business Development Manager at Xpert Resourcing, supported by Luke Smith, Director at Studio Nova.

How do the Awards work?

Any individual who lives or works in Ely or the surrounding villages (up to a 10-mile radius) can be nominated for an Ely Hero Award in one of 10 categories. Nominations can be made via the website during each year’s nomination period.

Once the nomination period closes, the entries are collated and handed over to our dedicated team of judges, who together, whittle the nominations down to our fabulous finalists.

Finalists are then invited to the glitzy Award Ceremony – an evening of excitement and celebration, rewarding those in the community who make it great!

The Awards in numbers

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The number of Heroes we've been introduced to​
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The number of Winners we've crowned​
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The number of finalists we've celebrated with​
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The amount we've raised for local charities

Since 2017...

We’ve been introduced to 638 Heroes

We’ve crowned 41 winners and celebrated with 121 finalists

We’ve supported and helped raise the profile of 4 local charities

We’ve raised £2,863 for local charities

Some of our winners have received Royal invites through the support of the Lord Lieutenancy

Media support has given voices and opportunities to our Heroes by sharing their stories