Tell us who your unsung heroes are

Ripley and Heanor news. New years honours 2013.
Ripley and Heanor news. New years honours 2013.

We are pleased to launch our New Year Honours 2014 which rewards Ripley and Heanor’s unsung community heroes.

This will be the third year we have staged our honours as we seek to recognise our towns’ community champions.

Each year we ask you to nominate who you think is an unsung hero.

It will be someone you think goes that extra mile for a club or group, or they may be a good neighbour who helps out an elderly resident.

They might even be a good samaritan, someone who stepped in in your hour of need and helped.

We first launched our honours when we noted that throughout the year there were so many people in the Ripley & Heanor News’ area who carried out good deeds to help individuals or volunteered at organisations in the towns.

We thought these community stalwarts deserved recognition as so many of them went humbly about helping others or promoting our towns without a thought for recognition – despite richly deserving it.

Our 2013 winners included a helpful neighbour, community woodlands volunteer, development campaigner, Scouts stalwart, a Save Heanor Town Centre campaigner and Alfreton Party in the Park organisers.

In previous years we have also had a home help who went that extra mile and a charity fundraising champion.

But if the pages of the Ripley & Heanor News are anything to go by each week, we know one thing for sure – there are many more unsung heroes out there who deserve some appreciation.

But we need you to tell us about them – don’t leave it to somone else to nominate or your worthy candidate might not get entered.

It’s easy and free to nominate too. You can email us at, write to us at Ripley & Heanor News, 8 Heanor Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8ER, contact us on Facebook at, Tweet us at @ripleyeditor. You can also call us on 0115 9 446186 or speak with our reporters Paul Lynch and Tim Cunningham at their surgeries at Ripley Town Hall, Salcare, in Ray Street, Heanor, and Asda in Langley Mill (see page 2 to see when we are there and what times).

News Editor Julie Crouch said: “Our New Year Honours were set up to recognise the army of unsung heroes out there that we were reporting on each week.

“We felt there were many people out there who day in, day out carried out good deeds which made the lives of others better, and they deserved some recognition. Each year the event has got bigger with more and more nominations.

“We have been bowled over by the nominations – some people we knew all about, but others were truly unsung heroes as their storries emerged for the first time as their nominees told us all about the differences they made to others’ lives.”

What you need to tell us about your nominations:

n Your candidate’s full name, full address and contact phone numbers.

n Why you think they deserve an award - as much detail as you can give us is helpful.

n Who you are and your contact phone numbers.

n You can email, call 0115 9 446 186, Tweet us at: @ripleyeditor or @rhnews, or pop into our surgeries or write to us.