South Ayrshire prepares to unveil the TOPA champions for 2016

 11 November 2016  |  

This year saw a record number of entries from the Council and wider community

This year saw a record number of entries from the Council and wider community

South Ayrshire's unsung heroes are about to be announced as part of the Outstanding People Awards (TOPA). The annual awards ceremony, hosted by the Council, takes place at Ayr Racecourse on Thursday 17 November.

This year the awards, which recognise exceptional service and contributions to the community, drew a record number of nominations with more than 160 people put forward from across the Council and the wider community.

The nominations have now been whittled down to the final shortlist, with 38 nominated people, teams, and organisations preparing to find out the winners of the 12 main categories.

Eileen Howat, Chief Executive at South Ayrshire Council, said,  "The Outstanding People Awards recognise exceptional efforts to deliver first-class service to people across South Ayrshire and the nominations we've had this year are testament to the hard work and dedication that we see each and every day.

"We've had a fantastic response this year with record entries from across the council and from the wider community.

"I'd like to thank everybody who has taken the time to recognise the efforts of a colleague, friend, or service provider this year, and wish everyone coming along on the night the very best of luck."

The Council teamed up with the Ayrshire Post as media partner to promote the event, with the paper sponsoring the new 'Outstanding school' category, with prize money of £150 being donated to the overall winner for use in the school.

The full shortlist is available here.