Honours for the unsung heroes

NBSL finance director Ros Smith presents the sports achievement award to winner Laura Weightman's mum Diana at last year's ceremony.
NBSL finance director Ros Smith presents the sports achievement award to winner Laura Weightman's mum Diana at last year's ceremony.

Entries are now flooding in for this year’s Pride of Northumberland awards which highlight those that deserve recognition for their achievements.

Launched in 2009, the awards, organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the News Post Leader, Morpeth Herald and Northumberland Gazette, and Tweeddale Press, publishers of the Berwick Advertiser, give people who ordinarily would not be in the spotlight the chance to shine.

The awards culminate in a presentation dinner at Linden Hall Hotel on Thursday, September 12, where the stories behind the winners are told to sponsors and those shortlisted in the categories.

To make sure that the person you think deserves to be recognised has a chance, send in your nomination now.

It may be a community group that has worked hard to rejuvenate an area or an individual who has become a role model for others.

New for this year is a good neighbour award for someone who you think has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

There are also two awards specifically for the under-16s.

The child of courage award will go to a youngster who has shown bravery and strength in times of hardship or illness and battled through regardless of what is happening.

The child of achievement award is for a youngster who has come on in leaps and bounds or who has achieved a milestone in the face of adversity.

Those who make our communities a safe place to live can be nominated in the safer community category and there is also a sporting achievement category for those who have achieved outstanding targets and results in sports.

Once the entries are all in a shortlist will be drawn up with three groups or individuals per category.