The Bristol Post & Bristol Live Gold Star Awards are back for 2019 (sponsored by Bank Of Ireland) with nominations officially opening over the August bank holiday weekend.
This is now the 25th successive year that these awards are held for local heroes, meaning that this is the longest running awards of their kind in the South West.
The aim of the awards is simple: To celebrate those who have achieved extraordinary things. Some have saved lives, some have cared for others, some have raised huge amounts for charity or have made a real difference to their communities. Others have faced adversity or illness with great courage and decorum.
With a closer look at this year’s categories and taking a look back to last year’s winners, this is what it takes to become a Gold Star award winner.
A closer look at the categories and the winners from 2018
Gold Star 999 Hero
For the Gold Star 999 Hero award, judges look for a member of the police, fire, ambulance or coastguard service who has helped to save a life or lives or acted bravely to protect others.
In 2018, the award went to PC Melanie Barton and PC Peter Jones who managed to amazingly save the life of a 73 year old man who had left a suicide note found by his wife, taken the car and left his home address.
Gold Star Charity Champion
The Gold Star Charity Champion award recognises a person who has supported a charity or charities over a long period of time and made a significant difference.
Last year, this was awarded to Kate Brooks who is also known as ‘Ms Fishponds’ due to her extensive work to support her community.
Gold Star Life Saver
This award will go to someone with a true heroic story of saving another’s life.
Last year saw Robert Stockwell awarded after he heroically saved the life of a ten-month old baby who began choking on a small fragment of crisp whilst on Hanham High Street. Whilst his wife called for an ambulance, Robert performed the heimlich manoeuvre on the baby, saving her life.
Gold Star Environmental Hero
Sponsored by Bristol Waste this year, The Gold Star Environmental Hero award will be presented to an individual or group who have made a difference to the environment as a whole.
Last year, Sienna Jackson-Wolfe and India Garrett-Cox won this award after spending two years working on an app named ‘Eat Me’.
The app connects to a fridge, scans best before dates and sends out alerts to warn when certain food is going out of date, alongside with convenient suggested recipes in order to utilise the food and save it going to waste.
Gold Star Community Hero
The Gold Star Community Hero award for 2018 is presented to an individual who made a real difference to their community through their work.
In 2018, Peter Wilkinson was crowned the winner of this category for his instrumental role in the multi-million transformation projects of both Ashton Court and Blaise Castle. He was part of a crucial role in setting up The Bristol parks Forum and worked tirelessly with friends groups of several green spaces in the city.
Gold Star For Courage
The Gold Star Award for Courage is presented to a person from Bristol who has shown real courage or an act of bravery.
Last year, this was awarded to Will Bennett who was paralysed from the waist down after a freak accident, this came shortly after he served in Afghanistan and survived a bomb explosion.
Gold Star Achiever
The Gold Star Achiever is awarded to an individual who has achieved against the odds or beyond expectations.
Joyce Harper was the winner of this award for 2018 as she still teaches at Henleaze School Of Dancing that she set up in 1946 at the age of 97. Having taught generations of the same families to embrace the love of ballet, Joyce has described her students as ‘being like her children’.
Gold Star Volunteer
This will be awarded to someone who has given their time to help an individual, a group, a school or their community. They will have made a real difference to their local community and in doing so deserve to be recognised for their achievements.
Aylwyn Powell was the deserving winner last year as he is a stalwart supporter of St Peter’s Hospice. After witnessing the extraordinary care that his late wife received from the charity, Aylwyn has dedicated his time to helping out in any way that he can.
Gold Star Carer
Sponsored by Brunel Care. The Gold Star Carer award is all about recognising a person in Bristol who has dedicated their life to supporting or looking after others.
Rita Coles was the winner of the award last year due to still fostering children at the age of 71. Despite losing her husband Michael five years ago, Rita has no plans to stop her role as a foster carer as she strives to create a warm home environment for all of her foster children.
Gold Star Young Hero
Sponsored by Hunter Selection this year. We are looking for a young person within Bristol who has made a significant difference to the local community for this award.
Last year Amaarah Mian-Cudmore won at the tender age of 10. After seeing people sleeping out on the streets during a pre-Christmas shopping trip, this struck a chord with Amaarah and she immediately felt like she had to help.
With the help of her friends at school, each year group contributed items to create care packages to then hand out to the homeless.
Gold Star Local Hero
Sponsored by CR Windows this year, The Gold Star Local Hero for 2018 will be awarded to an individual or group who has made a significant difference to Bristol.
Stolen Motorcycle Recovery won the award last year for their selfless acts in locating and returning stolen motorbikes to their rightful owners. The group has also been known to fix and clean bikes if needed before their return.
Gold Star Hero – The jewel in the crown of the awards, the winner will be chosen after the award ceremony out of the winners by Bristol Post readers via a poll.
To nominate someone who you believe deserves to win one of our 12 categories, simply fill in the nomination form below and visit the Gold Star Awards website for more information.