Nominate your unsung heroes

ORDINARY people who do extraordinary things are to be rewarded in the 2011 Pride of Northumberland Awards.

Organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the Morpeth Herald and sister papers the Northumberland Gazette and News Post Leader and Tweeddale Press’ Berwick Advertiser, the awards pay tribute to the courage, bravery, determination and dedication to the unsung heroes of the county who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and overcome massive hurdles.

Launched in conjunction with Metro Radio, the awards have become a huge success and last year saw PC David Rathband, who was shot by gunman Raoul Moat, collecting the Role Model award, this year sponsored by NBSL, for overcoming the horrific ordeal he was put through,

And 16-year-old Rebecca Johnson from Ashington won the Child of Courage gong after battling Hodgkins Lymphoma, having gruelling chemotherapy and then going on to raise money for charity.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, sponsor of the Green Champion award said: “We are delighted to support The Pride of Northumberland Awards again this year.

“The entrants from local communities in last year’s awards were inspirational and a true credit to the county.

“We are pleased to sponsor the Green Champion category as it is in line with Banks Group’s development with care approach of working in partnership with local communities and with care for our environment. It will be great to see what exciting projects this year’s entrants have become involved in.”

Other awards are also given for the Child of Achievement, Community Group, sponsored by Northumberland County Council, Community Champion, Safer Community, sponsored by Northumbrian Water, Fund-raiser of the Year and Sporting Achievement.

The awards, which are based on nominations, are open to all ages, with the exception of the children’s awards which are for under 16s.

Maybe someone you know has succeeded against the odds, or kept your community safe and free of trouble. Whoever it may be, make sure you enter them to get the reward they deserve.

Three people or groups will be shortlisted for each award with the winners revealed at a glittering ceremony at Alnwick Garden on Thursday, September 15.

Nominations are open now until August 20. To enter email or follow the link on the right.