2020 was quite the year, wasn’t it? And 2021 is shaping up to be just as challenging.

However, these trying months have inspired many people to stand up and support their community in any way they can, and these folk are often the ones to shy away from the spotlight despite all their fabulous efforts.

But we think they deserve heaps of recognition for all their perseverance and inspirational ways, and we need your help to shine a light on all their hard work.

Hull’s everyday heroes will be celebrated just as they deserve with the launch of this year’s Heart of East Yorkshire Awards 2021.

The inspiring annual awards are now in their eighth year and seeks to recognise the achievements of extraordinary people across the region. And in what has been one of the most challenging years in many people’s lifetimes, the 2021 Heart Awards are certain to resonate even deeper.

Sponsored again this year by global pre-media business Trident, the annual awards recognise the remarkable and inspirational people within our community, celebrating individuals who have done extraordinary things. From children with the hearts of lions to community volunteers who go the extra mile for others, we see some terrific examples of people in our community who deserve our recognition.

But who are these remarkable community members? We need you to point us in the right direction so we can celebrate all their efforts through such taxing times.

This year there are 10 categories open to public nominations in the Heart of East Yorkshire Awards 2021 including Inspiring Youngster, Local Hero, Child of Courage, Business in the Community, Emergency Services, Community Sports, Parent/Guardian of the Year, Charity Champion, Friend/Neighbour of the Year and Key Worker of the Year.

Every nomination received will be considered by a panel of judges from Hull Live, who will draw up a shortlist. This shortlist will then be presented to an independent panel, which will choose a winner for each category.

The 10 category winners will then all be considered by a panel of judges before one overall winner is chosen and named the Heart of East Yorkshire.

Do you have a winner in mind?

Annette Brooks, Managing Director at Trident said: "This year has seen some incredible achievements in what has been a challenging year. It has seen communities joined together in ways we have never seen before.

"Trident is honoured to be sponsors of this years Heart Awards. To be a part of this event that recognises the amazing people of the community that we live and work in is a privilege, and we are looking forward celebrating the achievements of all of the nominees."

Annette Brooks, Managing Director at Trident

The awards categories

There are thousands of terrific youngsters out there, but we're looking for a role model, aged 16 or under, who deserves special recognition. This could be someone who has made a contribution to their community, taken steps to support important causes or fundraising for charities. These young people are the future – they are building their confidence and resilience, and are already working hard to be the change in creating a better world. www.hull-college.ac.uk

Local Hero

Our Local Hero award will recognise remarkable acts of courage or selflessness by an ordinary member of the community. They may have used their initiative in a crisis, tackled criminals or even saved a life? Either way they have acted in a courageous way in their community.

Child of Courage

Do you know a youngster, aged 16 or under, shown outstanding bravery and courage, which may range from a single heroic act through to battling against disability, illness or adversity. This child may have fought against illness or shown bravery beyond their years, he or she may have had to endure heartache or pain but still showed a shining spirit and is an example for others to follow. Tell us about someone who makes you want to burst with pride!

Business in the Community

Businesses across Hull and East Riding make a huge contribution to their community, whether by donating money and time or supporting local causes. This award highlights an exceptional case of a company making a real contribution to their local community. We're seeing so many amazing companies reaching out and helping others in times of need. Now is the time to let us know who they are and what they're doing.

Emergency Services

We want to honour our key workers working in the emergency services sector who are there to protect and serve the public, keeping us safe and well, day and night over 365 days a year.

We want to hear about the police officers, doctors, nurses, fire officers and ambulance services who deserve recognition. Our judges will be looking to award the enthusiasm, dedication and commitment of these hard workers who may have risked their own life to save another and/or have gone above and beyond their line of duty during the pandemic. If you know of an emergency responder or team deserving special recognition, this is your chance to nominate them.

This award will recognise an outstanding example of an unsung hero in the field of amateur or junior sport. Behind the scenes of every club or team is someone who does the crucial jobs that are often taken for granted. This award is about honouring the coaches, captains, chairmen, groundsmen, scorers, secretaries, treasurers, organisers, anyone at all who is vital to the running of the club or team.

It could be someone or a club who has risen to the recent challenge and come up with an ingenious way to make sure that players are still engaged in the club and in sport.

We're looking for the best, here's your chance to show your appreciation and nominate. www.hcandl.co.uk

Annette Brooks, Managing Director at Trident at the 2019 awards ceremony

Parent/Guardian of the Year

It could be a parent who selflessly gives up their life to care for their child, or a guardian who dedicates their time to fostering children. It could also be a parent who, despite their own challenges, always puts their children first.

Charity Champion

Our Charity Champion will highlight an individual or group whose charitable work has made a significant impact to a worthy cause. This could be someone who raises money regularly or who has generated significant funds for a chosen charity or charities, awareness for a cause or has been a selfless voluntary worker for a number of years. We want to hear about the selfless acts of charity that so many people in our community dedicate their lives to.

Friend/Neighbour of the Year

We are celebrating those unsung heroes who have put themselves out to improve the lives of those around them. Do you know someone who helps their neighbours by running errands, someone who keeps an eye on people living alone or has helped out in a remarkable way during the pandemic?

This is the opportunity to acknowledge a friend or neighbour who is always there when you need them, or has done something to make a real difference in your life?

Key Worker of the Year

It’s time to show your appreciation for the key workers within our community. Some have risked their lives, others have kept the wheels of industry turning – whether you’re in health and social care, the communication sector, work in public safety, transport or you work in food production/delivery or education, we want to hear from you.

Tell us about the individuals or teams of people who’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty in recent weeks/months.

As well well as the 10 categories, one overall winner will be named the Heart of East Yorkshire. This is the most prestigious award of the evening and is chosen by the panel. This is someone who the panel believes has excelled in their category and who deserves an extra award for all the amazing things they have done, and continue to do for thier community. www.sonoco-trident.com

How to nominate

To nominate your community hero, simply visit www.hull-liveheartawards.co.uk.

The Heart Awards will take place virtually on Tuesday April 27. Anyone can attend and details of how to join will be released soon so keep your eyes peeled for more updates.