Deadline looms for nominations

Susan Dungworth, of Active Northumberland, presents Sporting Achievement awards to Harry Thompson and Frederick Mackenzie.
Susan Dungworth, of Active Northumberland, presents Sporting Achievement awards to Harry Thompson and Frederick Mackenzie.

There is less than a week to go to nominate your community heroes for this year’s Best of Northumberland Awards.

Readers are being encouraged to put forward individuals and groups in the county who go above and beyond the call of duty and/or show incredible strength and courage in the face of adversity.

Organised by Northeast Press – publishers of the News Post Leader, Morpeth Herald, Northumberland Gazette and Tweeddale Press’s Berwick Advertiser – the annual Best of Northumberland Awards are a celebration of bravery, determination, commitment and achievement. We are looking for people who have managed to do something extraordinary for the benefit of themselves or others.

As part of the awards, Active Northumberland has once again agreed to sponsor the Sporting Achievement category. This honours individuals who have achieved outstanding things in a specific sporting field. Not only does it recognise sporting skill, but also recognises drive, ambition and determination, even in the face of adversity.

Last year’s award winners were Fred Mackenzie, a veteran weightlifter and two-time Paralympic competitor, and wheelchair user Harry Thompson, who plays the Paralympic sport of boccia.

Bruce Ledger, chief executive for Active Northumberland, said: “We are proud to support the awards once again as they are a fantastic way of recognising the hard work and extraordinary efforts of so many amazing people.

“The award for sporting achievement is important to Active Northumberland as we are closely linked to health and fitness throughout the county. We look forward to reading the stories of this year’s nominees.”

Active Northumberland is a charitable leisure and cultural trust which manages leisure facilities and services, libraries, supports culture, helps develop tourism, and promotes healthy lifestyles.

The awards are split into 12 categories, recognising a cross-section of local heroes. As well as sporting achievement, there is also Community Group; Community Champion; Child of Courage; Emergency Services Award; Role Model; Green Champion; Child of Achievement; Fund-raiser of the Year; Good Neighbour; Volunteer of the Year; Lifetime Contribution.

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The deadline for entries is next Thursday.

A ceremony takes place at Linden Hall, Longhorsley, on Thursday, September 10, where the winners will be crowned.