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Last chance for Essex residents to nominate their unsung heroes

There are just three weeks left for Essex residents to nominate their local unsung heroes in this year’s exciting Pride of Essex Awards.

Entries for the ECL Unsung Hero award, which recognises an individual who has delivered exceptional care in the community, close on 31st October and residents are being urged to get their nominations in before it’s too late.

Nominees for the Unsung Hero award can include family carers, volunteers or healthcare professionals – anyone who is dedicated to making a difference to the lives of others.

This year’s Unsung Hero award is being sponsored by ECL: The Care & Wellbeing Company. Acting Managing Director at ECL, Mike Fitzgerald, said: “It’s estimated there are 145,000 people in Essex who currently care for a loved one. Being a carer, either in a personal or professional capacity, can be extremely difficult and requires selfless dedication and commitment. That’s why we want to recognise and support local carers by sponsoring the Unsung Hero prize at this year’s Pride of Essex Awards.

“That’s why we’re urging everyone to make a nomination before the deadline on 31st October. If you know someone unique who has done something extraordinary in caring for others, make sure they receive the recognition they deserve by putting them forward for an award.”

The Pride of Essex Awards were established in 1994 by Susie Cornell MBE to reward achievement over adversity. They have since become a prestigious annual event celebrating the county’s day-to-day heroes and heroines and 20 nominees will be shortlisted for this year’s awards which will be presented at a special evening on Tuesday 24th November at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.  As well receiving a prestigious Pride of Essex Award, the winners will also receive a cash prize.

Nominations are now being accepted and will close on 31st October. For more information and to make a nomination, visit