ECHO Awards 2020 launch today and this is how you can enter

The ECHO Awards are back for 2020 which means it's time to celebrate all that is great about our region.

The awards, held in partnership with SP Energy Networks, recognise the outstanding work done by individuals and organisations on Merseyside.

From honouring those who have shown incredible courage and bravery to celebrating sports personalities and teams who make our region proud, the awards are an opportunity to highlight the very best that Merseyside has to offer.

The awards offer the opportunity to champion incredible fundraising efforts and reward outstanding achievements in our region.

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So if you know someone who deserves to have their hard work recognised, be sure to nominate them so they can be in with a chance of winning.

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Launching the awards, Liverpool ECHO Editor Maria Breslin said: "On behalf of the Liverpool Echo, welcome to the 2020 ECHO Awards.

"It takes very special people to create a very special event like this. And fortunately we live in a city and a region which is packed full of them.

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"The stories we’ve told on and in the Liverpool ECHO over the past 12 months bear witness to that fact.

"It is a City Region full of heroes who put others first; full of generous men, women and children who open their arms and their hearts to others in need – sometimes desperate need. And full of brave people whose stories of triumph over adversity leave us both humbled and inspired.

"In periods of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever that communities pull together. Now is the perfect time to shine a spotlight on the heroes at the heart of all our lives. As a community we must honour those unsung heroes who go the extra mile.

"We look forward to receiving your nominations over the coming week and celebrating the ‘Pride of Merseyside’ 2020."

SP Energy Networks, who are sponsoring this year's ECHO Awards, said: "SP Energy Networks are proud to be sponsoring the ECHO Awards in 2020. We see these awards as an integral part of the Merseyside way of life and we are committed to helping our local communities to celebrate all the great people of Merseyside.

"We are looking forward to seeing all the entries and hearing all the great stories that are happening in communities across Merseyside."

These are all of the categories for this year's awards, as well as information on how to enter and when the awards ceremony will be held.

What are the categories for the ECHO Awards 2020?

Young Personality

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Do you know a special young person who deserves to be recognised? If you have a friend or family member who has shown bravery and courage, carried out a heroic act, achieved success against all odds or dedicated themselves to a good cause, nominate them for this award.

Courage Award

The courage award will be made to anyone who has shown outstanding bravery and courage, which may range from a single heroic act through to battling against disability, illness or adversity. If you know someone who fits the bill, nominate them for this award.

Community Group Award

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For this award we are looking for a group effort. People who come together for the greater good of the community. It could be a sports project, a support group or your local after school club. For this award we are looking for energetic, focused groups of people who come together in aid of the community.

Sports Team Award

You don’t have to be top of the league or a gold medal winner to enter this award. The winner will be a team with a passion and drive for sport. You could nominate the team you play for, coach or love to watch. Get in touch and tell us about the sporting stars of Merseyside.

Sports Personality

This award is for an individual who has shown dedication, commitment and enthusiasm for sport. They could be anyone from your swimming coach to a runner who is your inspiration. For this award we are looking for the sporting pride of Merseyside who give 100% energy at whatever level they compete.

Charity Organisation Award

Have you experienced the care and support of a local charity? Are you involved in a charity organisation who supports people from Merseyside in their hour of need? For this award we are looking to recognise charity organisations who make a real difference to the lives of people from our region.

Any entries by or on behalf of a charity should have a registered charity number.

Fundraising Award

For this award judges will be looking for groups or individuals who have commitment to long term fundraising. They must have a tireless drive and energy, always creating new ways to raise funds for charities or community groups.

Arts & Performance Award

This is an award for all the creative people of Merseyside. We are looking for talented groups or individuals who can dance, sing, act and who deserve to be recognised for their commitment to the arts. You could be part of a dance group, a local amateur dramatic organisation or have a instalment in a gallery.

Community Event of the Year

This is your chance to shout about your favourite event in Merseyside. This may be a regular event that you never miss or a one off event that was enjoyed by the whole community. If you organise or are involved with an event that brings the community together, gain extra recognition through this award.

Community Personality

Do you know a special person who deserves to be recognised? If you have a friend or family member who has shown bravery and courage, carried out a heroic act, achieved success against all odds or dedicated themselves to a good cause, nominate them for this award.

Echo Outstanding Achievement Award

The winner of Echo Outstanding Achievement Award will be selected by our panel of judges and will be a person who has shown an outstanding contribution to Merseyside by significantly enhancing the region's reputation. If you would like to make a suggestion to the panel, please tell us about your heroes of Merseyside.

How to enter

To enter the awards simply visit the event website by clicking or tapping here and complete the online entry form. If you require any further information please contact event manager Katie Isaacson on 0151 472 2571 or email katie.isaacson@reachplc.com

When will the awards ceremony take place?

This year's awards ceremony will be a specially designed live streamed virtual awards ceremony that finalists will be invited to take part in from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

The awards will be free to view on the events website on Friday, November 27. More details will be announced shortly.

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