First Minister Mark Drakeford has today announced the inspirational people shortlisted for a St David Award.
Among this year’s finalists are a group who rescued people caught in the sea at Aberdyfi last summer; a volunteer group that supported their local community throughout the coronavirus pandemic and an artist whose painting of NHS workers became an iconic image of the past year.
The St David Awards are Wales’s national awards, which celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the people of Wales.
Announcing the finalists, the First Minister said:
“This year’s St David Awards finalists are an inspiring group of people that we are lucky to have living and working in Wales.
“The past year has been incredibly challenging for many of us. The coronavirus pandemic has brought much sadness and heartbreak – but it has also brought out the best in many people. This group of people from across the whole of Wales, are a true inspiration to us all.
“This year, we’ve added a new category to celebrate the contribution of our critical workers. Thousands of people have worked tirelessly and selflessly throughout the pandemic to keep our lives going through the hardest of times. I am so grateful for every act of kindness; big or small. We could not have responded the way we did without them.”
This year’s award categories are:
- Community Spirit
- Culture and Sport
- Innovation, Science and Technology
- Young Person Critical Worker
- First Minister’s Special Award.
The online award ceremony will take place on Wednesday 24 March.