Opportunity to honour local heroes

Coun Liz Simpson presented Pauline Ferguson with her Northumberland Local Hero award earlier this year. Picture by Jane Coltman
Coun Liz Simpson presented Pauline Ferguson with her Northumberland Local Hero award earlier this year. Picture by Jane Coltman

More community champions are going to be honoured by the county council.

But residents need to be quick in putting forward their nominations as there are only two days left for the next round of Northumberland Local Heroes accolades.

The authority would like to hear about individuals or local businesses that go above and beyond to help out in their community and deserve a special thank-you.

Heroes can be nominated for a number of reasons, from small one-off acts of kindness to regularly making a big impact in their neighbourhood.

The awards scheme has three categories – good neighbours, businesses supporting their community and community champions. Nominations can be made online at www.northumberland.gov.uk/hero or by getting a form at any co-uncil library, customer centre or tourist information centre.

Coun Liz Simpson, deputy business chair at Northumberland County Council, said: “I would urge everyone to really think about who has made a positive impact on their lives and nominate them to make sure they get the recognition they deserve.

“We know that there are a lot of heroes in our county, but we need our residents’ help to find them so we can show our appreciation.”

Since the awards were launched in 2014, there have been 28 individuals and businesses recognised by the scheme. This number includes Stobhill stalwart Pauline Ferguson.

There is no limit to the number of people that can win an accolade and each nomination will be considered on its individual merits.

Nominations will close at midnight on Friday (November 20) and presentations for the winners will take place in early December.