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No-one has been left untouched by the pandemic but our healthcare workers and carers have been among the hardest hit.
Our healthcare workers have tirelessly remained – and continue to stay – on the frontline fighting Covid throughout the pandemic and its aftermath.
Carers are the unsung heroes who selflessly give their time to make someone else’s life easier.
The Moray & Banffshire Heroes 2022 aims to shine a light on these special people with the carer and healthcare hero awards.
The carer of the year will be an individual who cares for a loved one and who has made personal sacrifices in order to tend to the needs of others
The winner of the healthcare hero award will be an individual or group within the healthcare sector who has provided a service above and beyond the call of duty, improving or making an impact on the quality of life for others.
Parklands Care Homes is sponsoring the award for the carer of the year. Ron Taylor, managing director of Parklands Care Homes said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Moray & Banffshire Heroes 2022 campaign, and particularly proud to sponsor the carer of the year award.
“The pandemic has been a particularly challenging time for carers, both paid and unpaid, and it is important that we acknowledge the vital contribution they make.
“We wish everyone entering the award the best of luck, and we thank you for the remarkable work you do.”
The healthcare hero award is sponsored by Specsavers.
Retail director, Specsavers Elgin, Peter Taylor said: “The pandemic has really highlighted the importance of community, and with that in mind we are incredibly proud to be supporting the Moray & Banffshire Heroes awards in order to highlight our real superheroes in the neighbourhood.
“We’re delighted to be sponsoring the healthcare hero award in particular, as a way of saying thank you for the incredible jobs our local healthcare workers are carrying out to keep us safe and healthy and we look forward to hearing the stories of those nominated.
“If you know someone from the healthcare profession who you think should be recognised as a local hero, make sure you nominate them.”
There are 12 main categories in Moray & Banffshire Heroes 2022:
- Brave child
- Healthcare hero
- Public servant
- Community champion
- Emergency services or armed forces hero
- Secondary pupil
- Secondary teacher
- Primary pupil
- Primary teacher
Read about the awards for public servant of the year, and emergency services/armed forces hero; volunteer of the year; school pupils of the year; and school teachers of the year.
Over the coming weeks, your favourite Highland News & Media (HNM) newspapers, websites and app will include special features about the categories along with all of the details of how you can nominate individuals or organisations in your community.
Once all of your nominations have been submitted, our judging panel will create a shortlist which will then go before a public vote to choose the Moray & Banffshire Heroes 2022.
There is also a special award, hero of heroes, which will be chosen from the award winners and announced on the night of the awards ceremony at the Mansefield Hotel, Elgin on Thursday, February 10.
Nominate all of your Heroes at www.hnmedia.co.uk/morayheroes
Nominations close on Friday, December 10.