Time to nominate community heroes

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

Time is running out to nominate the unsung heroes in your community for a Ripley and Heanor New Year Honour award- so don’t delay.

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

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

We are talking about those people who go that extra mile for their community group; those who have helped others without a second thought.

Just as an example our 2013 winners included a helpful neighbour, community woodlands volunteer, development campaigner, Scouts stalwart and a Heanor campaigner.In previous years we have also had a home help who went that extra mile and a charity fundraising champion.

It’s easy and free to nominate too. You can email us at news@rhnews.co.uk, write to us at Ripley & Heanor News, 8 Heanor Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8ER, contact us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RipleyandHeanorNews, Tweet us at @ripleyeditor. You can also call us on 0115 9446186 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 news@rhnews.co.uk, call 0115 9 446 186, Tweet us at: @ripleyeditor or @rhnews, or pop into our surgeries or write to us.