Richard Jewson

In his role as the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk Richard Jewson says he has met many wonderful people working hard for the good of the county, and he is looking forward to recognising the efforts of some of Norfolk’s unsung heroes in the EDP’s new awards.

Mr Jewson is one of the six judges for the EDP Norfolk People of the Year Awards, which aim to recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals and organisations to improve the lives of others.

“I think it is very important to celebrate success and achievement. As Lord Lieutenant I care deeply about everything that happens in the county and of course everything that happens in Norfolk is because of its people,” said Mr Jewson, who is chairman of the board at Archant.

Mr Jewson said he was especially inspired by the work of volunteers in the county.

“I know there are numerous wonderful people who give up their time to help others,” he said.

“People sometimes say that volunteering is dying, but I do not find that at all. I think volunteering is alive and well, and it is an important part of the DNA that runs through the whole of Norfolk.

“I know there are lots of wonderful people out there and identifying some of them for the awards is something I am really looking forward to being a part of.”

The judges will have set criteria to consider for each of the categories, but Mr Jewson said that above all, what he would be looking for was selflessness and people’s commitment to helping others.

He said: “Selflessness is one of the key things I will be looking for, people thinking, ‘I am part of the human family and I want to do something to help others’.

“That sort of thing always impresses me.

“It is so heart-warming in a world that often has dark patches.”