Awards for the heroes at

NBENBE120111c1, Belper news new years honours 2012. Andrea Fox, drop inn centre Belper
NBENBE120111c1, Belper news new years honours 2012. Andrea Fox, drop inn centre Belper

THE efforts and bravery of unsung community heroes in Belper and the surrounding villages have been recognised at our New Year Honours 2012.

We presented six framed certificates on Wednesday, January 11, at the town’s Strutts Centre.

NBENBE120111c2, Belper news new years honours 2012. John Baker collecting award for Barbara Pickering, Belper social club for the disabled.

NBENBE120111c2, Belper news new years honours 2012. John Baker collecting award for Barbara Pickering, Belper social club for the disabled.

There were eight winners in all — although three were unable to attend the ceremony. One was ill, but sent someone along in her place.

All eight had been nominated for the accolade by News readers.

And they were all certainly worthy of being honoured.

Belper News Editor Julie Crouch, who presented the awards, said: “All of our 2012 winners are inspirational people.

NBENBE120111c3, Belper news new years honours 2012. Family of Kyreece Swan, Hayley and Kaira Swann and Paul Kristian.

NBENBE120111c3, Belper news new years honours 2012. Family of Kyreece Swan, Hayley and Kaira Swann and Paul Kristian.

“We have had readers send in long letters about some of them, others phoned us anonymously feeling we should know about a particular person, then going on to tell us at length why they felt that person should get an award.

“All our winners have made huge differences to other people’s lives.

“All of them have made vital contributions to help others in and around the Belper area, or they have inspired us by their good deeds or sheer determination.

“They make us proud, and it is the Belper News’ privilege to award them with New Year Honours.”

NBENBE120111c4, Belper news new years honours 2012. Graham Sheldon Belper meadows bowls club.

NBENBE120111c4, Belper news new years honours 2012. Graham Sheldon Belper meadows bowls club.

Here, we take a look at each of our winners.

NBENBE120111c5, Belper news new years honours 2012. Mike and Ann Stainer St Alkmunds church Duffield.

NBENBE120111c5, Belper news new years honours 2012. Mike and Ann Stainer St Alkmunds church Duffield.

NBENBE120111c6, Belper news new years honours 2012. Emily Ryde with Jamie  and Craig.

NBENBE120111c6, Belper news new years honours 2012. Emily Ryde with Jamie and Craig.

NBENBE120111c8, Belper news new years honours 2012.

NBENBE120111c8, Belper news new years honours 2012.

NBENBE120113a1, Belper New years honours 2012. Betty Lees.

NBENBE120113a1, Belper New years honours 2012. Betty Lees.