The awards presentation and afternoon tea is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 6 November at St James from 5pm-7.45pm. The event is a celebration of all the hard work undertaken in the voluntary and charity sector.
Tickets for the event are priced at just £10 per head which includes afternoon tea.
Booking forms are available to download now from the Community Awards website – www.communityawards.gg. Hard copies can also be requested by calling Laurel on 748056 or emailing email@example.com.
RECORD NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS RECEIVED
Nominations for the six awards categories closed last week and are starting to be reviewed by the Judging Panel. This year has seen the highest number of nominations received since the awards began in 2010. 110 nominations have been received – compared to 89 in 2012 and 77 in 2010.
‘We are delighted that the Community Awards are continuing to be a popular event in the voluntary sector’s busy calendar,’ said Sadie Siviter de Paucar, Development Manager at the Guernsey Community Foundation.
‘Although we are acutely aware of all the excellent work that goes on behind the scenes in Guernsey, it is always humbling to read the nominations and to understand how many people really appreciate that work. The judges have another tough job ahead of them,’ she said.
INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER ANNOUNCED
The Guernsey Community Foundation is very proud to announce the speaker for this year’s event who, they believe, is someone not to be missed.
Phil Packer MBE was injured on operational duty in Iraq on 19th February 2008 – he sustained injuries to his heart, his ribs and catastrophic damage to his spinal cord.
Just over a year later he embarked on three physical challenges within a six month period that inspired millions. He rowed the English Channel, completed the London Marathon on crutches over 14 days and hauled himself up the sheer rock face of El Capitan, completing over 4250 pull-ups in 4 days.
His efforts raised over £1.3million for the wounded.
In 2009 Phil was named Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards and received the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Nine months later he climbed the Three Peaks for Sports Relief with Kate Silverton and in April 2010, Phil took part in his second Marathon. This time he completed the 26 miles in 26 hours, for 26 different charitable causes; a young person from each charity walked a mile with him. He received an MBE (Military) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.
In 2012, Phil faced his toughest challenge; walking 2012 miles throughout every county of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to meet young people, raise awareness of his charity, BRIT, and to forge regional relationships. His journey even brought him to the shores of Guernsey and Jersey. With Phil’s spinal cord injury, the effort of walking one mile is the equivalent of 3 to 4 miles for someone without spinal cord injury. He walked the equivalent of 331 marathon distances in 310 days.
After a military career that spanned 17 years, Phil retired from the Armed Forces, to embark on a new life –one where he can make a positive difference to the lives of others. He has made the Mental Wellness and Wellbeing of young people post-trauma his business and duty remains the driving force in his life. Today he dedicates all his time and energy to enthusing and supporting young people who face adversity through his charitable organisation the British Inspirational Trust (BRIT) and from his direct support as an Ambassador or Patron to seventeen other charities.
Phil said: ‘I am delighted to return to Guernsey following an unforgettable experience last year when I was humbled to receive such super support on my challenge. I am delighted to show my thanks by supporting The Community Awards this year.’
For more information about Phil and his work, visit www.BritishInspirationTrust.org.uk. Or follow him on Twitter – @PhilPacker
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