Jersey's community heroes revealed

THE very best of the Island’s community were recognised at the third annual JEP Pride of Jersey awards on Saturday 23 September.

Set in the stunning grounds of St John’s Manor, the event, which was sponsored by developers Dandara, celebrated the extraordinary Islanders who make Jersey special.

A total of 12 awards were presented across a range of categories, with about 250 guests attending the ceremony. The amazing stories behind the finalists' nominations included emotional tales of courage in the face of adversity that brought tears to the eyes of many who attended.

Hosted once again by Islanders former England footballer Graeme Le Saux and singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot, the Pride of Jersey awards provided an uplifting look at the Island’s community spirit.

John Dick, the Seigneur of St John and owner of the manor, said: ‘In the 40 years we have been here we have been happy to open up the grounds. 

'To be able to share St John’s Manor with the best of Jersey will be a highlight. We have hosted many people here, from presidents of nations, diplomats and senior business people, and being able to have you all here is probably one of our proudest moments.

‘Jersey is a special place in the world. I can tell you there is no place that we have found that we would rather be than right here. To be able to share St John’s Manor with the people of Jersey – the best people of Jersey – is something we will remember forever.’

Nearly 200 individuals or groups were nominated, with more than 20,000 public votes received in ten days last month. The three nominees with the most votes in each category were shortlisted and the winners selected by judges who included last year's winners.

Carl Walker, deputy editor at the JEP and organiser of the awards, said: ‘The contribution all the finalists have given to our community has been recognised by their fellow Islanders. It is such a great endorsement of what they do. I think I can speak on behalf of the population of Jersey when I say we are all extremely grateful and reassured to have such wonderful individuals and organisations working so hard in our Island community.’

A 20-page souvenir supplement was published with Monday 25 September's JEP.