As preparations accelerate for the 2023 Pride of Andover Awards, The Commercial Centre have returned as the sponsor for the Sue Sheppard Award, an extra special award within the event.
The award celebrates inspiring individuals who have turned their lives around against all odds, demonstrating personal courage, bravery or endeavour to overcome personal challenges, showing that with hard work, passion and belief anyone, despite their circumstances, can make a success of things. In memory of the late Sue Sheppard, who sadly passed away in 2014, the award was established to honour her outstanding dedication to Andover.
Notably, she worked for the Prince’s Trust and the Pride of Andover Awards from 2007-2012. Simon Potter of The Commercial Centre said of the Sue Sheppard award: “I chose to support the Sue Sheppard Award again this year because I knew Sue well so this category, and continuing her memory, means a lot to me. There are so many selfless, passionate and community-minded people in Andover, all doing wonderful things for our town that go totally unnoticed, and I believe it’s vital that these people receive the recognition they absolutely deserve.”
The Pride of Andover Awards provides the opportunity to show recognition to an amazing person that may otherwise remain an unsung hero. There are 11 award categories, with a special award, the Sue Sheppard Award, to select from. Nominations open on 1st July, 2023, at the Awards’ website. https://www.prideofandoverawards.org.uk/nominate/
The categories and sponsors for the Pride of Andover Awards 2023 are:
Spirit of Andover Award – Overall Winner – New Street Dental Care
Young Person of the Year Award – Bear Behind
Sue Sheppard Award – The Commercial Centre
Sports Award – Acroud Media Ltd
Services Award – The DeeDee Trust
Mayor of Test Valley – Bulpitt Print Inspiring Others Award – Andover Aesthetics Practitioners
Heart of Gold Award – Carpet Cleaning Lady
Fundraiser Award – Purple Oak Support
Community Champion Award – Ocado
Arts Award – The Rock House