Here it is! The shortlist of heroes who are still in the running for a Best of Wearside award.
We are now just hours away from the grand finale of this year’s competition, which aims to reward those unsung heroes who do fantastic work in the community.
Over the last few months, we have been inundated with top-class entries from people in all walks of life.
Our aim is to honour some truly deserving heroes.
This year, the competition is being held in association with Vantec Europe Ltd. To help us in our quest, we have also been backed by some fantastic category sponsors.
They are Calsonic, Gentoo, Martinos, TWR and UK Asbestos and we thank them all for their fantastic backing.
This has been a wonderful year for competition entries and the judging panel had no easy task when it met to draw up a shortlist.
There were outstanding stories of achievement in every category and that’s down to the standard of people we have in our communities.
But eventually, the judges did manage to select a shortlist for each category.
After the process of whittling down the huge field, the final part of the competition will be to unveil our Best of Wearside champions, and we will do that in a grand finale at the Stadium of Light tomorrow night.
And once the event is over, we will have even more coverage for you.
We will bring you photographs, news and interviews in a supplement to be published in the Echo on Wednesday, November 25.
So make sure you follow the Echo both online and in paper for the grand finale of this year’s search for the heroes.
Community Champion, sponsored by Gentoo
PCSO Jim Tuckwell
Kumareswaradas Ramanathas (aka Ram)
Lindsay Williams, North East Sport
Community Group of the Year, sponsored by Calsonic Kansei
Schools Out Fun Club Volunteers
Young Asian Voices
Southwick Community Project
The Friends of Cherry Tree Gardens
Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by TWR
Mrs Millie Tate
Child of Courage, sponsored by Martinos
Child of Achievement, sponsored by Vantec
Role Model of the Year, sponsored by Stagecoach Sunderland
Sporting Excellence, sponsored by UK Asbestos
Student of the Year, sponsored by Gentoo
Green Champion of the Year, sponsored by Calsonic Kansei
The Go Green Project
Fundraiser of the Year, sponsored by TWR
Loghan and Hayden MacDonald
Judges Choice Award, sponsored by Vantec
The Box Youth Project
FUSHIA - Families United Support Help in Addiction
Trophies to be awarded on the night are:
Sports Team of the Year, sponsored by UK Asbestos
Special Recognition Award, sponsored by Sunderland Echo
Lifetime Achievement, sponsored by Sunderland Echo