It’s that time of year again, when we invite you to honour our community heroes.
We have launched our New Year Honours Awards for 2012 – and are calling on you to nominate our unsung stars.
Many people across the town work tirelessly for the benefit of others and we are giving you the chance to name those you believe deserve special recognition.
We will be presenting our winners with certificates at a ceremony at the Strutts Centre in Belper on January 11.
There is no age limit for those you can nominate and their good deeds can be anything from helping at a local club, encouraging eco campaigns and raising funds for charity to fetching the shopping for a neighbour or caring for a sick relative.
If you know someone who has gone the extra mile for the community – let us know.
Belper News editor Julie Crouch said: “There are many unsung heroes out there who help make our communities tick through their vital work and good deeds.
“These people do not seek out rewards for what they do in any shape or form, and without them our lives would be the poorer.
“We had some very worthy winners last time, but we know there are many more people out there who deserve our recognition for the things they do.
“Make sure you nominate someone you know about by filling in the coupon below.”
We told you about the first nomination for this year’s awards in last week’s paper.
Barbara Pickering — who was one of our winners last year — was nominated by Evelyn Osborne for her work with disabled people.
This week we reveal another nomination.
Mike and Ann Stanier have been put forward by Bernadette Robertson.
She has nominated the couple, who live on Champion Hill in Duffield, for a number of reasons.
Bernadette, of John O’Gaunts Way, Belper, said: “Mike is a church warden at St Alkmund’s Church in Duffield.
“He does so much for the people of that church and the surrounding area. He does so much my list would be endless.
“And he does it all with such a willing, unselfish heart.
“He looks after us all and does many jobs around the church and its grounds to keep it all running smoothly.
“He and his wife Ann support discussion groups, sit on all sorts of panels, help with coffee mornings and help with lunches for people on a very regular basis.
“Ann also helps with a babes and bouncers group and with a Sunday school.
“Her energy and dedication to give to others is unbelievable.
“They do all of this without complaint.
“They are warm, loving people who give to others without a thought for themselves.”
Bernadette has first-hand experience of the caring nature of Mike and Ann, who supported her and her husband Jon when he was ill.
Bernadette said: “My darling husband Jon became ill over two years ago and was eventually diagnosed with lung cancer.
“He has sadly now died, but during his brave battle Mike visited him very regularly. He also arranged a rota for friends to take Jon to hospital, and also gave support and love.
“I will never forget Mike’s kindness.”
Also, since Jon’s death, Mike and Ann have been a constant support to Bernadette, visiting and providing meals as she recovered from a knee operation.
They have also done her shopping, and even fixed her doorbell!