Boston Borough Council is calling on the community to nominate their local heroes for the inaugural Boston Heroes Recognition Awards.
Aiming to shine a light on those who have gone above and beyond to make the town a better place to live throughout the pandemic, the campaign will celebrate individuals who have had a meaningful impact on Boston borough.
The council is inviting nominees from all walks of life who will be reviewed by a panel of judges made up of key members of the community who reflect and represent Boston’s rich and diverse community.
A total of 10 winners will be selected who will each be awarded a £50 prize to spend on a meal of their choice at an independent Boston-based restaurant. Winners will also get the chance to take part in a professional photoshoot with their pictures displayed pride of place around Boston.
This campaign follows hot on the heels of the launch of the council’s #BeBoston social media campaign which launched last month to unify the diverse community of Boston through positive messaging online.
Commenting on the launch of its latest campaign, Lydia Rusling, assistant director for economic growth at Boston Borough Council, explained: “We’re thrilled to be launching our very first Boston Heroes Recognition Awards, a campaign created to inspire positivity across our diverse and vibrant community. Since launching our #BeBoston campaign, we’ve seen an outpouring of support for Boston and we’ve witnessed the pride that so many Bostonians feel for their community.
“At the heart of this latest campaign is that very same sentiment, and we want to give the people of Boston the opportunity to shine a light on their unsung heroes who have created a lasting-impact on Boston – from the smallest acts of kindness, to life-changing support. Whether you want to champion a delivery driver who’s worked tirelessly to ensure essential supplies reached homes and shop shelves remain stocked, a teacher who went above and beyond during the pandemic, or neighbours who rallied community spirit at its lowest point, we want to hear from you.”
Lydia, added: “Nominating your Boston Heroes couldn’t be simpler. We have set up a dedicated page on our website, where those in the community can easily nominate their hero and explain why they deserve to win. This is our way of giving something back to those who have, and continue to do, so much for Boston. Get nominating your heroes now!”
Owner of a translation service and prominent member of the Boston community, Cristina Warrant, added: “While the last 18-months have been a challenge for us all, the pandemic has demonstrated one thing – the amazing community we have here in Boston. I’ve seen kind gestures on the streets, neighbours taking care of one another and locals supporting our independent businesses. People from all walks of life, whether a heath care worker, shop owner or refuse collector, have come together and proven how unified our community can be, particularly when faced with adversity.
“Though I’m not native to Boston, I’ve lived and worked here since 2002. I’ve set up my own business and I’ve been welcomed warmly by the wider community. There’s opportunity here, no matter who you are or where you’re from, and you have the ability to really make a difference and become a hero. I’m excited to read the nominations and hear how the people of Boston have been making a difference to our community.”
Councillor Paul Skinner, leader of Boston Borough Council, said: “I have always said community spirit in Boston is second-to-none and this campaign is testament to that. We have, over the past few years, seen people rise to the challenge and give up their time and energy to help and support other local people in need during some of their darkest of times.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved. Individuals or organisations, working together and looking out for each other are what make our community special and these awards are all about celebrating the very best of that.”
To nominate your Boston Hero and find out more about the campaign, visit www.mybostonuk.com/BostonHero
The deadline for nominations is Monday 22 November, and winners will be announced shortly after.