Honouring the heroes of our community

The winner of last years Best Coach award  Dave Morris with host Fred Dineage, who is talking to his daughter DM15229296a
The winner of last years Best Coach award Dave Morris with host Fred Dineage, who is talking to his daughter DM15229296a

Whether it is a community-minded volunteer, an avid fundraiser or an individual who is simply inspirational, we all know someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

And now is the chance to let them shine as the Observer series launches this year’s fantastic Community Awards.

“We are asking you, our fantastic readers to nominate those unsung heroes and deserving people or groups who you think deserve recognition for the valuable contribution they play in our community,” said community content deputy editor Kelly Brown.

“It could be someone who has inspired you by overcoming a personal hurdle or it could be a long-serving volunteer whose actions have made a huge difference to our area.”

There are 12 categories in which our readers can nominate groups or individuals from across the Observer area to receive an award.

Awards include best community event, best volunteer, school star and outstanding bravery.

Kelly said: “Our mini marvel category really celebrates the best of our young people in the area and it can be a child who has overcome adversity or who has given their time and energy to help others .

“We also have charity awards recognise the fundraisers, volunteers and the charities themselves while the community awards celebrate the real contribution individuals make every day.

“We also know what an important role schools play in our community.

“So not only do we have a best school award but we also have a school star award to recognise teachers, assistants, dinner ladies or members of the school crossing patrol who has been an inspiration to our young people.”

Readers have until October to put forward their nominations, after which we will print a shortlist and our Observer readers will cast their votes and choose the winners.

On top of that the Observer will also choose a winner for our Special Achievement award which is given to a person or group chosen by our staff from all the other nominations received.

So nominations cannot be taken for this category itself.

All the winners will then be announced at a special awards ceremony at Butlins in Bognor Regis which is taking place on December 12.

“We are delighted that once again we have the support of our sponsors, without whom the awards would not be possible, with Rolls-Royce our principal sponsor,” added Kelly.

“It is great to see there are so many businesses who feel the way we do about our community heroes, so we thank them very much for their support.”

If you would like to nominate someone, email stephen.pickthall@jpress.co.uk with their details, which category and why you think they should receive a Community Award.

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