Awards for community champions

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.

Residents in Northumberland are being invited to nominate their good friends and outstanding neighbours for national honours.

The British Citizen Awards were set up in January to recognise exceptional individuals who work selflessly to make a positive impact on society.

The honours will be presented twice a year and already 60 people have received medals, including Blyth Wildlife Rescue Service founder John Anderson, who has helped to rehabilitate more than 400 animals a year since setting up the charity in 2006.

Nominations are due for the next round of medal presentations by October 30.

Awards ambassador Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, said: “This organisation listens to the citizens of this great country and not only hears the stories, but rewards monumental efforts.”

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