Ely Hero Awards 2018: After searching the city for inspirational individuals the finalists are revealed

An emotional final judges meeting was held at Poets House Hotel as the judges decided on the finalis

An emotional final judges meeting was held at Poets House Hotel as the judges decided on the finalists. - Credit: Archant

The finalists have been revealed for the Ely Standard’s Ely Hero Awards 2018 ahead of the ceremony on June 25.

After dozens of nominations were received, it was left to the judges to shortlist the final three for each category.

Here they are:

Best Teacher

Carlene Chambers

Hayley Rudnicki

Claire Tod

Most Read

Most Amazing Professional

Ian Halliday

Dr Madeleine Piggott

Jo Allen

Neighbour of the Year

Jemma Tyler

Martin Pate

Gurdip Jatana

Smiliest Server

David Learner – Mr Simms

Shelley Davies – Witchford Post Office

Javier Gomez-Serrano – Habis Restaurant

Child of Achievement

Kiera Haynes

Alfie McCreadie

Jay Davison

Colleague of the Year

Caron Clutterham

Sarah Burton

Donna Garner

Sporting Hero

Vinnie Scarrow

David Carford

Brian Leonard

Community Champion

Joanne Coe

Stuart Green

Naomi D’Cunha

Caring Companion

Dr Hasna Kudilatt

James Salmons

Lisa Thompson

The Ely Hero

Ruth Marley

James Salmons

Joanne Coe

Naomi Sherwood, business development manager from Metro Rod Cambridge who run the event in conjunction with the Ely Standard, said: “Following a very exciting and emotional final judges meeting we are thrilled to reveal the names of the finalists in The Ely Hero Awards 2018.

“The calibre of the finalists are exceptional, we have certainly uncovered outstanding treasures within the community of Ely and surrounding villages.

“Everyone can make a difference to a community and we hope that this year’s awards will once again encourage and embolden individuals to do this.

“The judging panel have gone above and beyond in the selection of the finalists putting so much hard work into the process so a huge ‘thank you’ to them.”

Jemma Tyler, 29, from Witchford, who is shortlisted in the Neighbour of the Year category, said she was ‘flattered’.

She has been a listening ear and someone who was is always on call for her neighbours.

Jemma said: “I have no idea who nominated me but I was told there were several people who did. It is very flattering but I was so shocked when I found out as I wasn’t expecting anything like that.”

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony at The Maltings on June 25.

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Chris Mann will host the evening with entertainment provided by local duo ‘Elma Band’ and vocalist Kathryn Buck.