Now’s your chance: this year’s BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey Community Heroes Awards have just been announced and Hambledon, via the Parish Magazine, has been asked whom it would like to nominate.
The Awards seek to reward local people in Sussex and Surrey who go the extra mile and are worth recognising. So do have a think and, if you have any ideas for nominees, let either or both of the Magazine’s editors know (but please, no names at this stage – we have to be careful not to break privacy laws) so that one of them can then contact you direct for further details. We’re sure you all know the editors are – but just in case: John Hindley, firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01428 681423 and Jane Woolley, j.woolley881@btinternet, telephone 01428 684213. To enable them to submit nominations by the cut-off date, they need to hear from you by 13 September.
These are the categories:
YOUNG ACHIEVER – Awarded to anyone aged 18 or under, who has demonstrated maturity beyond his or her years
999 – Presented to a member of the emergency services or the armed forces for commitment to his or her profession
SPORT – Awarded to an individual or group who has contributed to local sporting life, either playing a sport or encouraging others to do such as through acting as a referee, official or coach
GOOD NEIGHBOUR – Awarded to an individual or organisation that helps make the neighbourhood a better place to live or work, either on a regular basis or through a single act of kindness or courage
FUNDRAISER – An individual or group who has gone the extra mile to raise funds for a charity or good cause
VOLUNTEER – Awarded to a person or group who gives up time voluntarily to help out a charity or good cause
ANIMAL WELFARE – An individual or group who goes out of the way to care for animals
CARER – Someone who cares for an individual or group of people on a regular basis
MUSIC AND ARTS – Awarded to an individual or group showcasing local creative talent and encompassing everything from community choirs to talented actors.
Nominees will get a certificate from the BBC and in November there will also be a lovely evening awards bash for all those who get shortlisted and for the winners.
The Sussex and Surrey Awards have been such a success that many other radio stations have started doing the same type of event.