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Judging panel picks Pride of Guernsey winners for 2018

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THE winners of this year’s Pride of Guernsey Awards were decided yesterday.

Guernsey Press managing director Mark Lewis called yesterday’s Pride of Guernsey awards judging as the business end of the annual awards ceremony. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 22492570)

A judging panel whittled down a shortlist voted for by the public in each of the categories.

Guernsey Press managing director Mark Lewis said: ‘We have arrived at the real business end of the awards now as we welcome independent judges and our wonderful sponsors to decide on the winners of the 13 awards from a shortlist of three per award following the public vote.’

Each category – Emergency Hero (in association with Rossborough Insurance), Parent(s) of the year (The Christies Group), Carer of the year (Specsavers), Overcoming Adversity (Close Finance), Young Achiever of the year (Butterfield), Teacher of the year (Garenne), Arts Contribution (Moonpig), Neighbour of the year (Swoffers), Customer Service (Alexander Daniels), Parish Champion (A7 Design), Grandparent(s) of the year (Channel Islands Co-Operative), Angel of the year (Ravenscroft) and Warm Welcome of the year (in association with Gas) – had three judges – a representative from the associated company, a Guernsey Press member of staff and an independent judge.

The independent judges were selected from all walks of life.

‘The majority of our sponsors have been with us since the start of this initiative three years ago. In addition, this year we welcome A7 Design, Alexander Daniels and Guernsey Gas as sponsors. This initiative would not be possible without their involvement and we are very grateful,’ said Mr Lewis.

‘Thankfully I am not involved in the judging process as it is always so difficult to reach a decision.’

Judging took place at the Old Government House.

Andrew Chantrell, the hotel’s general manager, said: ‘It was a huge honour and privilege to host the judging. These awards are a great way for the island to celebrate the people who do such great work in the community.’

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The winner in each category will be announced at a special awards ceremony at the Guernsey Press Braye Road headquarters on 6 October.

It will be hosted as in the previous two years by Jo and Andy Priaulx.

This year, close to 250 nominations were received and around 17,700 votes from the public were cast.

Shortlisted Pages 21-24

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