Grantham is Great Awards 2015: Who else is up for a Journal award?

Grantham is Great Awards 2015
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We’ve received more nominations for a Grantham is Great award this week.

And with less than two weeks until nominations close, now is the time to put your community hero forward, before it’s too late.

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

There are 11 categories in total, from Child Achiever to Super Senior and all sorts in between.

Last week, we revealed the names of the first lot of individuals and groups nominated, and today we reveal a few more.

* Katie Bennington has been nominated for the Community Hero Award. Her nominator said: “As well as bringing up a child with autism and ADHD, and working at Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF), Katie is also the chair of Friends of Sandon and Ambergate, and puts many, many hours into organising and helping with fund-raising for the school’s many projects.”

* The Pink Goddesses, a cleaning company, has been put forward for the Service with a Smile Award. The person who nominated the firm said staff “always arrive with a smile and a chat” and go above and beyond in their work.

* Sharon Evans has been nominated for the Community Hero Award. Her nominator said Sharon puts “an immense amount of work” into organising community events in Grantham, as secretary of the Grantham Carnival and Events Group. She is “an angel behind the scenes, a true unsung hero”.

* Babette Hay could be this year’s Super Senior. Readers may remember that Babette featured in the Journal recently as a long-serving tennis player. At the age of 95 she plans to spend less time on the court but won’t hang up her racket just yet. The nominator called her “inspirational”.

* Ben Selby has been put forward for the Emergency Services Award. Ben is crew manager at Grantham Fire Station and also chairman of the Lincolnshire Fire Brigade Union. His nominator called Ben “a strong individual who fights for his colleagues”.

* Grantham Passage is up for the Community Project of the Year Award. Volunteers are leading a £50,000 campaign to create a base for homeless people to receive hot meals and clean clothes, provide safe storage and help with employment. The person who nominated Passage said: “Wow. What these people do is amazing. They are already keeping homeless people fed and watered and now they’re raising money to do even more.”

* Another nominee up for the Community Project of the Year Award is Newton the Easter Bunny and his gang. Newton and his friends raise money each year for Huntingtower Primary School and local causes, by touring the town aboard a decorated truck and asking for donations. The nominator said: “Well done to these wonderful volunteers who put smiles on so many faces.”

*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.