Pride of Somerset Awards 2018

The Annual Celebration of Youth Achievements

Do you know a Young Person who has made you proud?  Nominate them for a Pride of Somerset Youth Award.


The awards are organised by BBC Somerset, the Rotary Club of Taunton and the Somerset County Gazette and for the first time ever, the awards will link with the Somerset Day celebrations on May 11th, 2018, heralding the importance of this event in the annual celebration of Somerset’s achievements.

This prestigious event is now in its 11th year and previous award stories are truly amazing. Amongst the dedications, nominees describe their young people as ‘inspirational’, ‘a magnificent role model for others’, ‘always smiling despite personal health challenges’ and ‘ceaselessly giving to others and thinking of others first’.

The awards recognise ANY young person (under the age of 20) who lives in Somerset and has done something in the last 12-months to make you proud. It could involve sport, school, volunteer work, overcoming an illness, helping parents and grandparents or just being a great friend.

Nominations are open between now and close of play on 13 April. Judging will be in the following weeks. There are no specific categories for the awards.

The ceremony is at the Conference Centre at Bridgwater and Taunton College in Taunton on Somerset Day (11 May). BBC Somerset's Breakfast presenter Claire Carter and Mid-Morning presenter Simon Parkin will be hosting the awards.

For fuller details visit the Somerset County Gazette website.



Send the nominee’s full name, age, school or college (if they go), postal address and contact number to – along with your name and contact details, and up to 200 words saying why they should get an award. If you’re not their parent then please do let their mum, dad or guardian know you’re nominating the young person.

You can also post your nominations to BBC Somerset, Winchester House, Deane Gate Avenue, Taunton TA1 2UH.

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