The couple, pictured, said they had been delighted to be involved in the first-ever ceremony last October and so this year were very happy to help again.
Our 12 awards will again reflect those doing extraordinary things every day and who deserve a special public thank-you. For some it will be for family, friends or neighbours, for others it will just simply all be in a day’s work.
The accolades will finally be a way for us all to acknowledge and mark their often quiet, yet wonderful achievements. Without them our home would not be the special place it is. And with that in mind, these awards will have the Bailiwick at their heart.
‘Andy and I both totally enjoyed last year’s Pride of Guernsey,’ said Jo. ‘It was a wonderful and very emotional evening.
‘We are very excited to be able to host it again as this is such a fantastic event that is completely about celebrating the people who make Guernsey so great.’
The pair will also be joined once more by our guest presenter for the evening James Bentley.
All the popular categories stay the same and include Emergency Hero of the Year (aimed at our 999 responders), Angel of the Year (for our medics and nurses), Neighbour of the Year, Carer of the Year, Parish Champion of the Year and Teacher of the Year.
We will also be searching for the Bailiwick’s grandparents of the year, parents of the year, young achievers, those who make great contributions to our arts community, or who have overcome adversity, and those who – on behalf of our islands – roll out the welcome mat in style.
The Guernsey Press has also again teamed up with an exclusive group of local businesses which have each become our official partners to sponsor the categories. All have chosen an award which has relevance for them and each will be donating a prize worth £1,000 to the chosen winners.
Over the coming weeks, readers will be asked to nominate their favourites and we will feature every one of them in our newspaper and online. And any islanders who were unsuccessful last year can be nominated once again in any category.
You will be involved again in the voting process too, helping to ensure all the winners are your winners. As last time, the top three entrants in each category will go forward to our special ceremony on 7 October where the eventual 12 recipients, chosen by our judges, will be revealed.