Richard Heath, JEP deputy editor, said: ‘The Covid-19 pandemic has affected many Islanders in many different ways. ‘In the early stages of the outbreak we all feared the physical consequences of the disease, but as the pandemic grew and the lockdown began, it became clear that it was impacting greatly on the mental health of many Islanders too.’Whether it was the stresses caused by isolation, or the fear of catching Covid-19, or worries over finances or job security, we know that the events of this year have seriously affected people’s mental wellbeing.’
We also know that there are many, many people out there who have worked tirelessly to help those in need in many different ways, and we are calling on our readers to come forward and give them the recognition they deserve.
He added: ‘We are extremely grateful to JT for coming forward to sponsor this award. ‘To give Islanders time to put people forward for this and the other 13 awards we have decided to extend the nomination period for a further two weeks. I would urge Islanders not to hesitate in nominating those they believe deserve recognition – it has been an exceptional year, and there are many exceptional people who deserve to be honoured.’