Jessica Dowle wins a Child Of Courage Award at the 2023 Pride Of Sefton Awards. Photo by Kevin Brown Photography

Organisers of the 2024 Grand Pride Of Sefton Awards have thanked the local businesses involved in supporting this year’s event. 

The Grand Pride Of Sefton Awards are now in their second year, after a hugely successful first year in 2023 which saw over 1,200 nominations received across 13 different categories through people from across Sefton. 

It saw some outstanding unsung heroes from Southport, Bootle, Formby, Crosby, Maghull and elsewhere in the borough honoured for their inspirational work. 

Among the winners last year were Main Award winner, Kath Wilson, who founded the Southport Lifeboat charity and service, which has saved the lives of scores of people along our coastline. Marina and Sir Kenny Dalglish were honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Southport Lifeboat founder Kath Wilson celebrates winning the main Pride Of Sefton Award. Photo by Kevin Brown Photography

Southport Lifeboat founder Kath Wilson celebrates winning the main Pride Of Sefton Award. Photo by Kevin Brown Photography

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Grand Pride Of Sefton Awards, which will culminate in a glittering ceremony at The Grand on Lord Street in Southport on Friday, 26th April 2024. 

If you would like to nominate someone for an award, please submit via the website: or email your nominations to: 

Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group Chairman Andrew Mikhail said: 

“We were overwhelmed with the success of last year’s Grand Pride Of Sefton Awards. 

“The nominations we received were very humbling and it was an honour to be able to formally celebrate some of the outstanding local heroes who make such a difference in our communities across Sefton. 

“We are delighted to be able to stage the Pride Of Sefton Awards once again this year, on what is going to be another exceptional, emotional and inspirational night at The Grand in Southport. 

“We can see from the nominations we have received already that the judges have a very difficult task ahead of them. 

“This magnificent community event would not be possible without the local businesses which sponsor the various categories and we are very grateful for their ongoing support.” 

Sir Kenny Dalglish and Marina Dalglish were honoured wirth the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 Pride Of Sefton Awards. It was presented to Marina Dalglish and Neil Gokcen and Stephen Dunne from Birkdale Kitchen Co. They were joined on stage by event hosts Fraser Dainton and Claire Simmo. Marina Dalglish with Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group Chairman Andrew Mikhail. Photo by Kevin Brown Photography

This year’s Pride Of Sefton Awards categories include:

1 – Main Award – Pride of Sefton (sponsored by The Grand

The night’s premier award will salute a person or organisation who judges believe has made a truly inspiring or outstanding contribution to Sefton over the past two years.

2 – Diversity and Inclusion Award (sponsored by Sefton Council

Sefton is a truly welcoming borough. We’d love to hear about those who have gone out of their way to promote diversity and inclusion within our area.

3 – Sefton Arts Award (sponsored by Fitton Estates

Sefton wants to shout loud and proud about those who have achieved remarkable things in the world of stage, screen, and music. We want to hear about bright young things and those who have made it to the very top.

4 – Charity Champion Award (sponsored by Communication Plus

Charities local and nationally survive and thrive on the cash raised by big-hearted fundraisers. And they have really needed it in these tough times. We don’t just want to hear who has raised the most, but how they have done it, what difference has it made and why it has inspired you.

5 – Child of Courage Award (sponsored by Southport Pleasureland

We are searching for nominees who have shown immense courage in the face of adversity. Courage comes in different shapes – is it a child who has battled illness, performed an act of bravery or done something truly remarkable while up against the odds?

6 – Courage Award (sponsored by Capelli Hair Studio)

Many tales of the heroism, courage or bravery of people from Sefton go untold – and we’d like to change that. Nominees could have performed a dramatic rescue or maybe they’ve overcome illness or injury to record inspiring achievements.

7 – Unsung Hero Award (sponsored by River Law) 

Tell us about the person who makes a huge difference to our borough’s communities, organisations or teams but who rarely gets a spot in the limelight.

8 – Community Impact Award (sponsored by Carlsberg

Which person or organisation has had the biggest positive impact on their community? How have they made Sefton a better place or helped people? Have they used their heart as well as their business head to serve their area?

9 – Sportsperson of the Year (sponsored by Solarcrown Commercial

Whose achievements in the sporting arena have been the brightest over the past two years?

We want nominations from all sporting fields – from amateurs to professionals, and from coaches to players.

10 – Young Sportsperson of the Year (sponsored by DT Hughes

Which of Sefton’s sporting juniors have recorded the biggest achievement? In a borough with so much talent we would expect a deluge of entries. Tell us who stands out? (Nominees must not have reached their 19th birthday by 1st March.)

11 – Business In The Community Award (sponsored by In Demand Radio

Businesses play a vital role in making our communities better for all. We’d like to celebrate all those who have made a real difference.

12 – School Of The Year Award (sponsored by Southport College

Schools are brilliant at getting involved in local issues. But which ones have gone further to really improve the world around them? We’d love to honour those that have.

13 – Lifetime Achievement / Special Recognition Award (sponsored by LWC

This award recognises a person who has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to life in Sefton. There will be no shortlist for this title announced prior to this award – instead the judging panel will reflect on potential candidates during the process and the winner will be awarded on the night. 

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