Grantham is Great Awards 2015: It’s time to nominate

Grantham is Great Awards 2014: finalists EMN-141216-162633001

Grantham is Great Awards 2014: finalists EMN-141216-162633001

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Yes! The Grantham is Great Awards are back!

And with 11 categories this year, we’ve made sure that anyone who does good within the community can be put forward for a special award.

Grantham is Great Awards 2015

Grantham is Great Awards 2015

So many people in Grantham and the surrounding villages give their time and energy to help others or excel in some way. Quite often, they don’t get the recognition they deserve. What makes these awards so special is the opportunity to say “thank you” to these kind, dedicated individuals and groups, who go that extra mile. They don’t do what they do for praise...but we think they deserve it! That’s what these awards are about.

So please be a part of it. We’re asking you to nominate your community heroes. Simply CLICK HERE to fill out on online form.

Every nomination received by the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday, November 10 will go forward to be considered by a panel of judges. Three nominees will be shortlisted in each category and will be invited to the Grantham is Great Awards 2015 ceremony at the iconic St Wulfram’s Church.

This will be the first time the awards – headline sponsor BGL – have been held in such a majestic venue...and we’re excited! The big event will be held on Friday, December 11.

There is no limit on the number of nominations you can make, but please remember that you only have to nominate an individual/group once – all nominations go on to be judged by the panel.

** To sponsor a remaining category, call Linda Pritchard on 01476 541434 or 01664 412526, or email linda.pritchard@jpress.co.uk

** Award categories

Child Achiever - Do you know a youngster who is an inspiration? They may have done something for charity, overcome personal hurdles or just been consistently kind and thoughtful to those around them. Youngsters aged 12 and under are eligible.

Youth Achiever - This award is for someone who is 21 or under and has either achieved great things in sport, represented their school, is involved in volunteer work, overcame a major hardship or achieved distinction in some other field. Know someone who would be perfect for this award? Young people aged up to 18 are eligible.

Super Senior (available for sponsorship) - Determined not to let age get in their way, these super seniors are active in the community and give a vital voice to the over-60s.

Service to Sport - This will be awarded to a person demonstrating outstanding commitment and dedication to sport over a long period of time, be it as a participant, coach, volunteer or official.

Local Hero - An award for a very special person who has overcome adversity or hardship, who has bravely helped another, or who has done something truly remarkable to improve the lives of others.

Service with a Smile - In this category, we are looking for top-class customer service, someone who made you want to return again and again. Good customer service makes our community a happier place and those who provide it deserve to be recognised for going the extra mile. Know someone who would be perfect for this award?

Community Hero - This award is for volunteers, neighbours, or someone showing true community spirit. Here we want to recognise the people who go out of their way for others or their community as a whole. From spreading good news to doing good deeds or voluntary support, this award is for people who may not, perhaps, have received the recognition they deserve.

Community Project of the Year - For a group which has significantly improved its community environment. Is it safer, cleaner, greener, friendlier or more fun because of the work of this group? Tell everyone about the improvement that has made your community a better place to be.

Emergency Services Award - This award recognises a member of the police, fire, ambulance or other emergency service who has gone beyond the call of duty. We are seeking individuals or crews who work within the emergency services.

Best School Star - This award is for teachers, teaching assistants, lab technicians, cleaners, dinner ladies, receptionists, school administrators, lollipop ladies...anyone at your school who has made it a better place.

Compassion in Care Award (available for sponsorship) - This award is for healthcare professionals, including carers, who have shown compassion, care, dedication and commitment to making a difference to their patients.