There’s still time to share your pride

ENTRIES have been coming in from all over the county for the prestigious Pride of Northumberland Awards, and there is just one week left to get those nominations in.

Now in their fourth year, the awards recognise those who make our county a better place to live, or whose bravery, hard work or dedication acts as an inspiration to others.

We are especially keen to honour Northumberland’s ‘ordinary heroes’ - such as one of our nominees this week, 27-year-old Richard Wearmouth from Bedlington.

Richard gave up a well-paid job in IT to become a community organiser for the Salvation Army.

His sister Rachel, who nominated him in the Community Champion category, said he has played a huge part in the life of the town, including helping to organise its Olympic Torch celebrations in June.

“People don’t give enough credit for what he does.

“I’m a proud person and I think he deserves recognition for what he’s done.”

Nominations close a week tomorrow, and there will be a ceremony at the Alnwick Garden on September 13 to announce the winners.

Our sponsors this year include construction company Banks Group, who in particular are supporting our Green Champion award.

Katie Perkin, of Banks Group, said: “This award provides a great opportunity for people and organisations across the county to have the value of their environmental work seen by a wider audience, and we’re proud to be part of giving them this well-deserved recognition.”

Support is also provided by Northumbrian Water, Northumberland County Council, NBSL and Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure.

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

To nominate someone, email lisa.aynsley@northeast-press.co.uk, or return the entry form, printed right, to the Herald office.