The Pride in Harborough Awards 2012

Last year Lance Corporal Daniel Fletcher won both the Outstanding Bravery Award and the Choice Award.

Welcome to the website of the Pride in Harborough awards, brought to you by the Harborough Mail and the Lutterworth Mail.

Pride in Harborough is a special awards event that recognises the achievements of special people within our area; those who have gone out of their way to help others, those who have overcome hardship and those who support a positive attitude within our community.

Do you know someone who has gone the extra mile to help others overcome hardship or someone who has offered their help and support for the community? Why not nominate them for an award to be presented on the night at our gala evening dinner?

The entry process is simple. Click on the menu links to the left, to find out all about the categories, what the judges will be looking for, and how to cover all the bases with your entry. Please give the judges as much information as possible to help them make up their minds.

The awards will be presented at a gala event on Thursday 29th March, 2012. It's sure to be a fantastic night celebrating all that's best about our area, and will give some very special people and organisations a well-deserved pat on the back. Tickets are £20 (Adults) and £15.50* (concessions) and include a three course meal.

The Harborough Mail is proud to organise this event, and welcomes business professionals and the public to get involved. For more info contact Maria Butlin on 01536 506123 or email us at:

*Senior citizens/under 15s

Why Enter?

2011 Award Winners

This awards event is aimed at recognising and celebrating the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups working so hard to make Harborough district a special place.

They might be unsung heroes or people who have had a positive impact on the community. They might be young people making a difference with their energy and enthusiasm or people who have put in years of support and care.

We know the judges will have a difficult job choosing between the many outstanding nominations - but we still want to hear about them all!

We know there are thousands of people who work tirelessly across the area and carry out great work in the community, usually without reward and often without recognition.

This year will be the fourth year of the awards which will culminate with a glittering presentation ceremony on Thursday 29th March 2012.

But we need your help, and your nominations, to make that happen so please take the time to make a nomination now.

Categories and Criteria

Place your mouse over the Category titles below, for more details. Market Harborough Building society will will also be awarding one of this year's category winners with a special sponsors Choice Award.

Application Form

Application Form

If you would like to nominate an individual or an organisation for an award, please fill in our online application form. The closing date for nominations is Friday, 16th March

Click on the link below to open up the form. Give us contact details for yourself, as well as your nominee. Then select which category you wish to nominate them for, and the reasons why you think they should win.

Please give us as much information as you can to assist the judges in the decision making process.

Click here for the application form

The closing date for nominations is Friday, 16th March 2012.

Entry Guidelines

  1. Please give the judges as much information as possible to help them make up their minds. You can include a maximum of two photos or other documentation to support your nomination. Please post these clearly marked to: Pride in Harborough, Harborough Mail, 9 Northampton Road, Market Harborough, Leics LE16 9HB.

  2. Pride in Harborough awards welcome nominations about individuals who either live or do their main work within the circulation area of the Harborough Mail and the Lutterworth Mail, and organisations and projects which are primarily based within south Leicestershire.

  3. Applications should be submitted online in the first instance, but supporting information can be supplied as hard copy by mutual agreement if that proves to be the most appropriate means of delivery. No responsibility can be taken by the organisers for any items lost, delayed or damaged in transit. Organisations may not enter categories with which they are involved through sponsorship.

  4. A panel of judges appointed by the organisers will carefully consider all entries and select the winners in each of the categories. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The closing date for nominations is Friday, 16th March. Nominations which have been shortlisted by the judges will be invited to the awards presentation event. This will be held at the Three Swans Hotel in Market Harborough on Thursday, 29th March, 2012.

  5. Information contained in the award entries may be used as part of the promotional campaign for the awards. Details of the award winners will be published in print and online. Winners will be welcome to use the Pride logo and newspaper reports, by arrangement, in their own marketing and publicity operations.


Thanks to all our sponsors who help make the Pride Awards a great event.

Click on the logos below to visit sponsor websites.

The Angel Hotel Andrew Granger & Co It's A Gas Three Swans Seven Locks Housing Harborough Mail Adams & Jones MHBS Gildings Auctioneers Lutterworth Mail Bray & Bray Harboro Rubber CDS Global Welland Autos Nomad Lighter Life

Latest Pride Articles

In the run up to the awards we will be updating this section with latest pride updates and nominee profiles.

Put someone special forward for a ‘Pride’ award.

Winners of Pride 2011

Brian Dodds

Heartwarming tales of generosity, selflessness, community spirit and courage punctuated The Mail's Pride in Harborough awards presentation evening.

Everyone nominated for an award during the past few months was invited to the presentation evening at the Three Swans Hotel in Harborough. Following a three-course meal, the winners and runners-up were announced Representatives of the businesses who generously sponsored each of the categories took to the stage to present the prestigious cut-glass trophies to the winners and certificates to the runners-up.

Mail editor Brian Dodds, who was master of ceremonies for the evening, said: “We are lucky to live and work in a wonderful community and that is down to all the people who make up that community. “But there are some people who, for various reasons, stand out for adding something extra special to that community, something that we should all be proud of. “The Mail's Pride in Harborough awards is all about thanking and praising those people for enriching this community. “It was a very tough task indeed for our panel of judges to decide who the winners and runners-up should be, and every single person who was nominated deserves praise. “I'd also like to say a special thank you to our sponsors whose financial support enabled us to put on this event, especially the Market Harborough Building Society which is the overall sponsor of the event.”

Also thanked were Coventry Gliding Club, based at the Gliding Centre, Husbands Bosworth, which sponsored the event by providing a raffle prize of a half-day gliding course, and the It's A Gas shop in St Mary's Road, Harborough, which provided the dining room's decorative balloons.

Click here to view a gallery of photos from the 2011 awards evening.