David Mellor & Sons jewellers, the main sponsors of this year’s Pride of Andover Awards, has donated a new prize that will make sure the winners of the top award are recorded in history.
Christine and David Mellor who own a string of independent jewellery shops, including one in Andover’s Waterloo Court, have donated a special Spirit of Andover trophy that will be engraved with the names of all the past and future winners of the award.
David said: “We’ve been in business in the town for 37 years. This is our way of giving something back.
“There are an awful lot of good, kind people in Andover. We hear the stories regularly from customers in our shop and we’re thrilled to support a project which gives these people the recognition they so obviously deserve.
“The new trophy will help make sure these people are remembered year after year.”
The Spirit of Andover award is the most prestigious of the awards and has been given as the top prize for the last six years at the awards which celebrate the unsung heroes of the town and nearby villages.
Previous winners of the awards have won it for giving almost all their spare time to supporting charities; for continuing to work tirelessly for other people, despite being seriously ill themselves, and for raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes.
This year’s awards will be held at The Lights on 1 October and will once again be presented by TV celebrity, campaigner and broadcaster, Esther Rantzen.
This year will be a bumper event as there are more finalists than ever before.