End’s in sight for the search for heroes

IT’S almost the end of the Herald’s six-week search for the best of our county – and there are just a few days left to get entries in for the Pride of Northumberland Awards.

Nominations close this Saturday, and we have already received entries for a huge range of individuals and groups from all over Northumberland.

And while past winners have done everything from raising thousands of pounds for charity to beating life-threatening illness, it could simply be the shop assistant who always brightens your day or a local group whose members dedicate their free time to improving our community who could pick up the awards this year.

One such group is the Student Voice team at King Edward VI High School in Morpeth, which has been nominated in the category for Green Champion.

The 13 to 18-year-olds have worked hard all year on a whole range of projects, including organising the first Morpeth in Bloom Fest in June, and creating a new wildlife garden at their school.

The group’s organiser, teacher Victoria Najafi, said the green-fingered young people had ‘done themselves proud’.

“It’s them giving up a lot of their own time on a weekly basis, even in the dark and the winter,” she said.

“Every Wednesday evening they would stay back and do this garden, and the transformation was absolutely fantastic.”

There are 10 categories from which to choose, including sections for individuals, groups and under-16s.

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony in The Alnwick Garden on Thursday, September 13.

Our award sponsors this year are Northumberland County Council, Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure, Northumbrian Water, Banks Group and NBSL.

To nominate someone, email lisa.aynsley@northeast-press.co.uk, fill in the form and return it to the Herald office, or enter via our website.

The Pride of Northumberland awards are organised by Northeast Press, which publishes the Herald and our sister papers the Northumberland Gazette and News Post Leader, along with Berwick Advertiser publisher Tweeddale Press.