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Unsung heroes celebrated at EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards

PUBLISHED: 22:55 05 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:50 06 December 2019

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Cultural arts person of the year
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019 Cultural arts person of the year Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Archant 2019

A glittering award ceremony has recognised the region’s unsung heroes.

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019 Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

The EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards, sponsored by developer Hopkins Homes, were created to thank those in our community who have demonstrated selfless acts of kindness, heroism and bravery.

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Carer of the year
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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Featuring 15 categories - including outstanding bravery act of the year and charity fundraiser of the year - the awards were sponsored by businesses, foundations and councils.

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Cultural arts person of the year
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019 Cultural arts person of the year Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Winner of the overall star award, sponsored by Spire Solicitors, was Caroline Copping - who has worked at the Priscilla Bacon Lodge hospice on Unthank Road in Norwich for the past 30 years.

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Outstanding bravery act of the year
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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Described by colleagues as "the heart and soul of the unit", Ms Copping goes above and beyond for people living in the hospice and staff alike and has worked every Christmas day since she started working there.

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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The Priscilla Bacon Lodge is a specialist palliative care hospice and offers advice and support for both patients and their loved ones. It offers a range of specialist services including psychological support, spiritual support and occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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Taking place at Open on Bank Plain in Norwich, the awards ceremony last night, which was held by the EDP in partnership with Open Norwich and the Open Youth Trust, began at 8.30pm following a buffet dinner.

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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David Powles, editor of the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News, said: "As per usual this was another fantastic event and I pass on my wholehearted thanks and admiration to the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney for their dedication, bravery, determination and heroism."

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Education champion of the year
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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Other winners on the night included John and Lynn Mezzetti, who were awarded the charity fundraiser of the year sponsored by the Flagship group.

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Sports achievement of the year
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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The parents lost their teenage daughter Ellen to epilepsy in 2006 and have since raised £130,000 for the Ellen Mezzetti Memorial Fund for Epilepsy Research UK.

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Young person of the year
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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Also sponsored by Flagship group was the community champion of the year award - won by Steve Maddams.

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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As well as working for the East of England ambulance service, Mr Maddams is a community first responder and has recently reached his 1,000th 999 call.

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Charity fundraiser of the year
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019 Charity fundraiser of the year Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

See Monday's EDP for an eight-page special from the night.

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Team/community group of the year
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019 winners

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Community champion of the year 
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019 Community champion of the year Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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NHS Person of the Year sponsored by NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups for Norfolk and Waveney - Caroline Copping;

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Police person of the year
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019 Police person of the year Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Fire and Rescue Person of the Year sponsored by Norfolk County Council - SM Luke Hancock;

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Fire and Rescue person of the year 
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019 Fire and Rescue person of the year Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Police Person of the Year sponsored by Norwich Accountancy Services - Sgt Steve Smith, PC Andy Randall and PC Arshad Shah;

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
NHS person of the year 
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019 NHS person of the year Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Flagship Group - Steve Maddams;

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019 Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Team/Community Group of the Year sponsored by NorseCare - Scole Nature Trails Trust;

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019 Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Charity Fundraiser of the Year sponsored by Flagship Group - John and Lynn Mezzetti;

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019 Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Young Person of the Year sponsored by Norfolk Constabulary - Lilly Bearman;

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Presenter Jonathan wills 
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019 Presenter Jonathan wills Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Sporting Achievement of the Year sponsored by Norwich Accountancy Services - Heidi Palmer;

Finalists in the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2019
Presenter Jonathan wills 
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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Education Champion of the Year sponsored by Norwich Accountancy Services - Louise Gardiner;

Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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Outstanding Bravery Act of the Year sponsored by Breckland Council - Kayleigh Grey and Harriot Woods;

Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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Unsung Hero/Heroine of the Year sponsored by Gasway - Gareth Hunt;

The winners of the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards.
Judges awards to Ruby Bishop and Zara Dyer (not in attendance)
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019The winners of the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards. Judges awards to Ruby Bishop and Zara Dyer (not in attendance) Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

Carer of the Year sponsored by Great Yarmouth Council - Matthew and Alison Hughes;

Cultural/Arts Person of the Year sponsored by Broadland and South Norfolk District Councils - Adrienne Cleary;

Overall Stars of Norfolk award sponsored by Spire Solicitors - Caroline Copping;

Judges' Special Award sponsored by Cottages.com - Ruby Bishop and Zara Dyer.

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