Time for judging

VOTING has now closed in this year's Pride of Jersey Awards.

This year's awards were launched by the Jersey Evening Post in May to recognise and honour all aspects of community life in the Island.

Everyone from grandparents and neighbours to community champions and teachers will be celebrated at the awards, which will continue to mark some of the wonderful day-to-day activities and achievements of Islanders who help make Jersey such a special place to live.

After receiving over 200 nominations across 12 categories, members of the public spend ten days in July casting their votes. Over 22,000 votes were received - a new record for the awards.

The top three in each category - Ambassador, Volunteer/Fundraiser, Grandparent(s), Community Champion(s), Environmentalist(s), Jersey Angel, Teacher, Unsung Sporting Hero, Customer Service Employee, Child, Neighbour and Inspirational Leader - will now go forward to judging in late August.

The very first awards in 2015 were held at Aviation Beauport, with all of the winners being taken on a surprise flight around the Channel Islands on a private jet. Last year's awards were held in the sumptuous grounds of Government House, and afterwards the winners were treated to a money-cannot-buy Pride of Jersey lunch - cooked by three of the Island's top chefs - inside Government House with the Lieutenant Governor and his wife.

This year’s event location is yet to be announced but promises to be just as spectacular.