Grantham is Great Awards: These community heroes are up for an award

Grantham is Great Awards 2015

Grantham is Great Awards 2015

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Nominations into this year’s Grantham is Great Awards have got off to a fantastic start, with more than a dozen people/groups entered.

The awards are held by the Journal every year to celebrate the many wonderful people and organisations who do so much for our town, the surrounding area, and the people in it.

Here’s a taste of who has been nominated so far:

* Golding Young and Mawer has been put forward for the Service with a Smile Award. The nominator says the auction house often supports charity by not charging a commission.

* Micky Stokes is nominated for the Community Hero Award. The nominator praises the work Micky does to fund-raise and support families with disabled children while looking after her own autistic son.

* Jacqueline Auckland is up for the Service with a Smile Award, becuase she “gives her all” for the Grantham Lynx Swimming Club for disabled children.

* Grantham Lynx Swimming Club itself is up for an award, the Community Project of the Year. “All the volunteers need recognising for turning up every week so disabled children can learn to swim and not be frightened of the water,” said the nominator.

* Francis and Rosemary Haw have been put forward for the Community Hero Award for their work with the Colsterworth Focus Group, a social group for the over-60s. It has evolved to include walking, painting and keep fit groups, plus so much more.

* Colsterworth Focus Group is up for the Community Project of the Year Award.

* Darren Bicknell of Belvoir Cricket and Countryside Trust is nominated for a Service to Sport Award. He set up the trust after 20 years as a professional cricketer, reaching out to more than 2,500 primary age and special needs children from all backgrounds each year. Its aims include countryside education and keeping children active through cricket.

If you know a person or a group which deserves one of our very special awards, please take the time to nominate them. 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.