Nominating your hero is easy - so don’t delay

NRHNBE120118b2, Ripley and Heanor news new years honour awards. John Steele
NRHNBE120118b2, Ripley and Heanor news new years honour awards. John Steele

The Ripley and Heanor News is this week launching its New Year Honours awards for 2013 - and we want you to nominate your heroes.

For the third year running, we are launching a bid to find the area’s top fundraisers, charitable champions and humble heroes - so they can be rewarded for their efforts.

Last year several readers wrote to us nominating the people they felt had made a real difference in their town or villages.

And this year we are hoping you will do the same by getting in touch with the paper and suggesting the person you would like to see rewarded and why.

News editor Julie Crouch said: “We are approaching the end of a spectacular year in which we watched some inspirational heroes grace the world stage at the London Olympics.

“But heroes come in all forms and our New Year Honours awards aim to reward those closer to home - the people that really make a difference e to other people’s lives through their kindness and generosity.”

Last year the News rewarded nine community champions at a ceremony at the Field Terrace Community Centre in Ripley.

They ranged from Swanwick man John Steele, who spent 28 years as a caseworker for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families’ Association (SSAFA) - to Luke Blore, from Somercotes, whose cool actions saving a drowning girl’s life on holiday and made him an inspiration to others.

Another winner in 2012 was Darren Hobson, accountant and treasurer of the 3rd Codnor Scouts group, who was nominated for being the driving force behind the finding the Scouts a permanent home in the village.

Mr Hobson was thrilled at receiving the certificate. He said: “It’s brilliant, I really appreciate it. It’s great that people are happy and pleased with my work!”

Julie continued: “It doesn’t matter whether your nominees have helped thousands of people during their life through charitable work, or whether they help to make just one person’s life better.

“In the past we have had home helps, long serving philanthropists and even a tireless single mum nominated for these awards - so get in touch.”

Last year we held our awards ceremony in the early months of the year and we are aiming to do the same for 2013. Nominations will be accepted from now and through December and January.

All our winners will be presented with framed certificates to mark their efforts.