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Unsung heroes recognised at regional daily’s awards

A regional daily honoured some of the most inspiring people on its patch at a special awards ceremony.

The Eastern Daily Press held its first Stars of Norfolk Awards to recognise some of the most inspiring people in the county, with more than 300 nominations being received.

The awards were held in association with Norfolk County Council and the winners were revealed at a ceremony hosted by the BBC’s David Whiteley in Norwich, where each was presented with a special gift reflecting their interests.

EDP editor Nigel Pickover told the audience: “I am thrilled and delighted to be here, launching these inaugural awards in Norfolk.

“These awards can claim to be the very best of them all – in association with our friends at Norfolk County Council we are honouring ordinary folk, people who do extraordinary things in their communities, and yet ask for nothing in return.”

Archant Anglia MD Johnny Hustler presents overall winner Joyce Hammond with her award.


Winners included 83-year-old Joyce Hammond who was crowned the Overall Star of Norfolk after also being named Unsung Hero of the Year for her role with Dickleburgh Royal British Legion women’s section for 60 years.

Others who won prizes included the Wright siblings Josh, nine, Ben, seven, and Ellie, five, who have raised more than £2,300 with a tombola, cake stall and raffle to help their sister Felicity, three, who has cerebral palsy.

The carer of the year prize went to eight-year-old Henry Hughes who looks after his twin sister Rebekah, who has epileptic condition Dravet syndrome, and also raises money for charity Dravet Syndrome UK.