On March the 26th, hundreds of people from every corner of Suffolk were due to gather at Wherstead Park for an awards celebration of the outstanding contribution of the County’s volunteers, charities and community groups, those inspiring and selfless individuals who’s great work has helped Suffolk earn the title of ‘The Caring County’.
With many larger gatherings, sporting events, theatres, faith venues and social spaces in lockdown, the decision has been made that this important celebration must still go ahead, but in a different way, this year harnessing the power of the BBC Radio Suffolk airwaves to broadcast the awards for the first time ever as a very special live broadcast.
Take a look at the shortlist here > https://www.suffolkcf.org.uk/high-sheriffs-awards-2020-the-shortlist-is-here/
Read our COVID-19 statement here > https://www.suffolkcf.org.uk/suffolk-community-foundation-covid-19-statement/
I feel that it’s important that this annual thank you should not simply fall to the wayside in the wake of COVID-19. Our team has been thinking of all sorts of ways to do things differently and to keep everyone safe, but sometimes out of adversity comes a sense of community. The idea to go live on the radio means that everyone can still celebrate the vital work of our local charities and volunteers, but what we need now is for the whole of Suffolk to tune in and take to their social media channels to bring us together and celebrate something positive.
Emmaus Suffolk are shortlisted for the New Group of the Year Award.
This annual event is genuinely one of the most moving and inspiring occasions in the Suffolk calendar. In previous years we would now be putting the final preparations in place for a glittering awards ceremony for several hundred people at the beautiful Wherstead Park HQ of our event hosts – East of England Co-op. It would be so easy to simply say ‘not this year’, but with the help of our sponsors and our friends at BBC Radio Suffolk, the folks at East Anglian Daily Times, we think we’ve found a way not just to save the event this year, but to reach a much larger audience to celebrate with.
The awards are presented each year by Tim Holder and BBC Radio Suffolk’s very own Lesley Dolphin – so broadcasting the ceremony on the station seemed like the obvious choice!
The High Sheriff’s Awards is such an uplifting event and one of my favourite nights of the year. This live broadcast will show Suffolk at its finest. We are not giving up in a crisis and we will carry on and say a much needed thank you those who have devoted their lives to supporting vulnerable people in our County. There’s no place like home, and we hope everyone will tune in to BBC Radio Suffolk on the night and get involved on social media too.
Please help us raise we awareness of this special LIVE event by telling everyone to tune in to BBC Radio Suffolk on Thursday, March 26th at 7.00pm. You can also help us celebrate all the wonderful nominees and their charities and community groups. Be sure to use the hashtag #HighSheriffsAwards2020 on social media, and follow along on Suffolk Community Foundation and BBC Radio Suffolk’s social media feeds where they’ll be posting live updates on the night!