Awards recognise unsung heroes

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A search for community-minded people gets under way this week to find worthy winners of the 2014 Community Achievement Awards.

With the deadline for entries just three weeks’ away on December 20, Babergh District Council is looking for people who inspire others, and organisations that contribute towards the well-being of their communities.

Now in their 22nd year, the achievement awards are open to individuals, voluntary groups and businesses.

Kate Lowe, Babergh’s community development officer, said: “This is what working with the community is all about – giving those who make outstanding contributions the recognition and appreciation they deserve.

“We want to celebrate by rewarding those really special people in our communities who give up their time voluntarily to serve others.”

She said nomination forms have already been sent to schools, parish and town councils, businesses, voluntary groups and charities in the Babergh district.

“We are urging anyone who knows someone who should be recognised for their achievements to quickly grab a form and nominate them,” she added.

The awards have four categories:

lAn outstanding contribution made by a young person – or group of young people – aged 18 years or under

l Selfless service by an individual over 18, or voluntary body

l A voluntary or community group that improves the quality of life for residents

lAnd an outstanding business contribution.

An awards ceremony – sponsored by Prolog – will be held at Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club on April 3.

Council chairman Nick Ridley added: “Without these special individuals, our towns and villages would not thrive and grow.”