The Belper News is this week launching its New Year Honours awards for 2013 - and we want you to nominate your heroes.
For the third year running, we are launching a bid to find the area’s top fundraisers, charitable champions and humble heroes - so they can be rewarded for their efforts.
Last year several readers wrote to us nominating the people they felt had made a real difference in their town or villages.
And this year we are hoping you will do the same by getting in touch with the paper and suggesting the person you would like to see rewarded and why.
News editor Julie Crouch said: “We are approaching the end of a spectacular year in which we watched some inspirational heroes grace the world stage at the London Olympics.
“But heroes come in all forms and our New Year Honours awards aim to reward those closer to home - the people that really make a difference to other people’s lives through their kindness and generosity.”
Last year the News rewarded eight community champions and held a presentation at the town’s Strutts Centre.
Among them were Betty Lees who was recognised for her work with the elderly in Belper.
The family of five-month-old tot Kyreece Swan who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) were also honoured for generating £7,000 for charity through fundraising evenings and charity walks.
Spina bifida and scoliosis sufferer Emily Ryde was given an honour for her bravery in battling the condition.
Other winners included Andrea Fox – the driving force behind Belper’s hugely popular Drop Inn youth centre;Duffield couple Mike and Ann Stanier; secretary of Belper Meadows Bowls Club Graham Sheldon; Barbara Pickering was recognised for her dedication to the Belper Social Club for the Disabled, where she has been secretary for more than 25 years and finally one of Belper’s first responders – Stephen Haywood – was presented with an award.
Each of them was nominated by a reader, who told us about the incredible things they do week in, week out.
Julie continued: “It doesn’t matter whether your nominees have helped thousands of people during their life through charitable work, or whether they help to make just one person’s life better.
“In the past we have had people who are real unsung heroes and help many, many people in the Belper area, making our town all the better.”
Last year we held our awards ceremony in the early months of the year and we are aiming to do the same for 2013.
Nominations will be accepted from now and through December and January.All our winners will be presented with framed certificates to mark their efforts.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the full name of your nominee and the reasons for you nominating them.Write to us at 8 Heanor Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8ER.Drop off your nominations at our community postbox at News Corner, King Street, Belper.
Call us with the details on 0115 9446188.
You must include YOUR name and phone number and YOUR NOMINEE’S name and phone number!