Only days remaining to nominate heroes

THERE are just days left to nominate your heroes for this year’s Pride of Northumberland Awards.

With the deadline looming judges are now gearing up to look in depth at the nominations already received, but there is still time to send in more.

Organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the News Post Leader and sister papers the Morpeth Herald and Northumberland Gazette, alongside Tweeddale Press’ Berwick Advertiser, the awards recognise the hard work, dedication, bravery and courage of individuals and groups in the community who would normally go unnoticed for the work they do.

And the deadline for entries is this Saturday – August 20.

In the last two years the awards have put dozens of people in the spotlight and given them a chance to be the centre of attention for a change.

And this year is no different.

Whether it is a child who has battled through the face of adversity, a student who has succeeded against the odds, a group which has strived to support its community or an individual who always puts others first instead of themselves, they deserve to be rewarded.

There are ten categories into which people can be entered.

Two for the under-16s are Child of Courage and Child of Achievement.

The other eight – Role Model, Community Champion, Community Group, Green Champion, Fundraiser of the Year, Student of the Year, Sporting Achievement and Safer Community – are open to all ages.

Allan Thompson, managing director of Gentoo Construction, sponsors of the Community Champion award, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this year’s Pride of Northumberland awards, once again celebrating the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups who commit to making their communities a better place to live.

“Gentoo understands that it is those who work on the front line within these neighbourhoods who really do make the long lasting difference; making them all real unsung heroes that we should be proud of.”

Three nominations for each category will be short-listed for the awards.

They will all be invited to a glittering awards ceremony at Alnwick Garden on Thursday, September 15, where the winners will be announced.

To enter your hero into the awards, fill in the form below and return it to Pride of Northumberland, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1PN.

You can also enter online at www.newspostleader.co.uk

Judging will take place next week and the short-list will be announced in the News Post Leader the following week.

After the event a special awards supplement will be printed with details of all the winners and runners-up.