LeicestershireLive Heroes 2020
Humility, dedication, bravery and heartfelt concern for the welfare and well-being of their fellow humans were the mark of LeicestershireLive’s Heroes of 2020. Earlier this year, we asked readers to nominate their local heroes over 10 categories and learned about some of the incredible efforts and achievements of our neighbours, friends and family. It culminated with people from across the city and county coming together to recognise the individual acts of kindness and courage that singled out the best among us.
Befitting the rather peculiar times we find ourselves living in with the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, the awards ceremony which was headlined sponsored by the Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner was a virtual affair. Hosted remotely by the charismatic Des Coleman, of EastEnders and ITV Central weather presenting fame, it was no damp squib, with the online audience invited to dress up to the nines and share their photos on social media to provide the evening with the sense of occasion it deserved.
To rewatch the virtual awards please click on the link below.
Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner
All too often acts of courage and selflessness go unnoticed or are simply taken for granted. The people involved receive little or no recognition and stay unsung heroes.
Individuals can, and do, make a real difference. Some people go to extraordinary lengths in support of others, while there are other occasions when everyday acts help to turn someone’s life around.
In Leicestershire, as these Awards illustrate, we have many heroes willing to invest their time and energy to make a real difference. There are many people who do what they can to support others as they try to overcome life’s challenges. They are real heroes.
Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, will step down from the role in May this year. Since his election in 2016 he has invested over £1m in support of community-led projects which help dramatically in the work to prevent crime and keep people safe.
For example, some help to keep young people out of trouble, other encourage our diverse communities to integrate with one another, or support those trying to escape from the cyclical problems of substance misuse, while others provide assistance to vulnerable people who are at risk of becoming abused or exploited.
But there are also the people who, of their own volition, visit those who are isolated; people who create community groups to tackle local issues; those who clear up public spaces and those people who put others ahead of themselves. There are the people who help others in critical, often dangerous, situations. They are all inspiring people.
People want to feel safe and secure in their communities and we should be grateful that so many people help to achieve that in so many different way. There are very many people deserving of recognition and these awards provide that opportunity.
Please click on the categories below to reveal the criteria for each award.
Volunteer of the Year
Bravery and Courage
Eco Warrior Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
Hero of Leicestershire 2020
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