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Time to name your unsung heroes and heroines

Now is your chance to say a big "Thank You" to Fenland's unsung heroes and heroines and give them the recognition they deserve.

Pride in Fenland Awards 2017

Nominations are open for the 2017 Pride in Fenland Awards that honour the many selfless individuals and groups who make such a massive contribution to our community life.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the awards, which are organised by Fenland District Council and the Fenland Citizen newspaper.

Councillor Mike Cornwell, the council's Cabinet member responsible for Communities, said: "The dedication displayed by all our volunteers and the range of work they do is incredible. These awards are a great way of recognising and celebrating that and thanking them for all their tremendous efforts.

"So if you know an individual, group or young person who you feel has helped to make Fenland a vibrant, thriving community, or an individual who has made a positive difference to your life, then please nominate them for an award so their contribution can be publicly recognised."

There are four award categories:

• Good neighbour

• Group, club, organisation or charity benefiting the community

• Volunteer in the community

• Young person (open to anyone under the age of 25)

The judges are particularly keen to hear about the good work done by young people as good neighbours or friends, family carers or community volunteers.

Cllr Cornwell said: "The compassion, empathy and commitment shown by young people is often overlooked but it is vital to any community and so we would like as many nominations as possible for the young people in Fenland."

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Monday, February 13. 

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Boathouse in Wisbech on Wednesday, March 22. Each category winner will receive a prize of £100, a commemorative plaque and certificate.

Article added January 3, 2017