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ORDINARY people who do extraordinary things will get the rewards they deserve at the 2011 Pride of Northumberland Awards.

Organised by Northeast Press, publisher of the News Post Leader and its sister papers the Northumberland Gazette, Morpeth Herald and Berwick Advertiser, the awards pay tribute to the courage, bravery, determination and dedication to the county’s unsung heroes.

Launched in conjunction with Metro Radio, the awards, now in their third year, have become a huge success.

Last year, they saw David Rathband, the Cramlington police officer shot by gunman Raoul Moat that summer, collecting the role model award, this year sponsored by NBSL, for overcoming the horrific ordeal he was put through,

And Rebecca Johnson, 16, of Ashington was named as our child of courage after battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma, having gruelling chemotherapy and then going on to raise money for charity.

Blyth’s Julie Butler was also among the winners, taking the prize for fundraising.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, sponsor of our green champion award, said: “We are delighted to support the Pride of Northumberland Awards again this year.

“The entrants from local communities in last year’s awards were inspirational and a true credit to the county.

“We are pleased to sponsor the green champion category as it is in line with Banks Group’s development with care approach of working in partnership with local communities and with care for our environment.

“It will be great to see what exciting projects this year’s entrants have become involved in.”

Other awards are being handed out for a child of achievement; community group, sponsored by Northumberland County Council; community champion; safer community, sponsored by Northumbrian Water; and sporting achievement.

The awards, based on nominations, are open to all ages, with the exception of the children’s awards which are for under-16s.

Maybe someone you know has succeeded against the odds, or kept your community safe and free of trouble.

Whoever it may be, make sure you enter them to get the pat on the back they deserve.

Three people or groups will be shortlisted for each award, with the winners revealed at a ceremony at the Alnwick Garden on Thursday, September 15.

Nominations are being taken until Saturday, August 20.

To enter, e-mail lisa.aynsley@northeast-press.co.uk or CLICK HERE