Melton Times Community Awards: Search is on for the area’s unsung heroes

Winners and nominees whose efforts were recognised at the 2014 Melton Times Community Awards EMN-141020-094903001

Winners and nominees whose efforts were recognised at the 2014 Melton Times Community Awards EMN-141020-094903001

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Do you know a special someone who dedicates much of their time to helping others in the community? If the answer is ‘yes’ then we want to hear from you.

The Melton Times Community Awards – headline sponsor BGL Group – aim to recognise those unsung heroes who selflessly devote their time and efforts to benefit their community.

Melton Times Community Awards

Melton Times Community Awards

There are nine categories open for nominations to ensure all those who give their time in support of others, or overcome adversity or have a remarkable talent, get the opportunity to shine.

We are inviting readers to nominate a person/group/organisation they feel is deserving of recognition for all they have achieved or for their dedicated service.

There are several ways to make a nomination. You can:

* click here to complete an online nomination form

* send an email, with all the information required, to nominate@meltontimes.co.uk

* fill in a coupon in the Melton Times newspaper.

Once the closing date for nominations has passed – 5pm on September 9 – a panel of judges will choose a shortlist for each category. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a gala evening and presentation at Melton Vale Post-16 Centre in Burton Road, on Thursday, October 15.

CATEGORIES:

**CHILD OF COURAGE (available for sponsorship). For a youngster who has overcome adversity such as a serious illness or disability or supported and cared for a parent in those circumstances

**YOUNG ACHIEVER sponsored by Tesco Melton. For a talented young person destined for great things

**YOUNG CHAMPION sponsored by Melton Borough Council. For a young person who has made a big contribution through voluntary work or by using their talents to help others

**COMMUNITY CHAMPION sponsored by Melton BID. For someone who has, through their selfless efforts, helped a good cause or a relative or neighbour. They may be a charity fundraiser or a carer.

**ENVIRONMENT AWARD sponsored by Melton Mowbray Town Estate. Who is making your community safer or brightening up your neighbourhood?

**BEST ARTS, SPORTS OR COMMUNITY PROJECT sponsored by Melton Mowbray Building Society. For a project which is making a real difference

**TOP TEACHER sponsored by Samworth Brothers. For someone who is an inspiration and role model. This could be a teacher, sports coach or youth group leader

**SERVICE WITH A SMILE sponsored by Bentons Estate Agents. For someone for whom nothing is too much trouble – kindness, dedication and a smile are the watchwords

**COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD sponsored by Mars Petcare. For a person or group who has done something extraordinary for the good of Melton