Celebrating our unsung heroes

Becca Allan receives her award from Anna Foster.
Becca Allan receives her award from Anna Foster.

A prize honouring the fund-raising efforts of individuals or groups is being sponsored by Northumbrian Water, as part of a special celebration of unsung community heroes.

The Best of Northumberland Awards recognise local stars who do amazing things and readers are being encouraged to nominate those in the county who go above and beyond the call of duty and/or show incredible strength and courage in the face of adversity.

The awards are split into 12 categories, recognising a cross-section of local heroes.

Northumbrian Water will be sponsoring the Fund-raiser of the Year Award. The accolade recognises individuals/groups who have made a difference to a charity or cause.

Last year’s winner was Alnwick hair and beauty salon owner Becca Allan who raised money for the Children’s Cancer Ward at Newcastle’s RVI hospital.

Andrew Blakemore, from Northumbrian Water, said: “We are proud to sponsor the fund-raising category as we understand the effort that goes into raising vital funds for different causes. Fund-raisers can make such a significant difference to people’s lives.”

Organised by Northeast Press and Tweeddale Press, the annual Best of Northumberland Awards are a celebration of bravery, determination, commitment and achievement.

As well as Fund-raiser of the Year, other categories are Sporting Achievement; Community Group; Community Champion; Child of Courage; Emergency Services Award; Role Model; Green Champion; Child of Achievement; Good Neighbour; Volunteer of the Year; Lifetime Contribution.

Sporting Achievement honours individuals who have proved outstanding achievement, drive and determination in a sporting field.

The Community Group award recognises a group whose time, effort, support and aspirations have improved an area for the benefit of others.

The Community Champion is an individual who has supported you and/or family, or who has made a significant community contribution.

The Child of Courage award recognises a youngster who has shown exceptional courage in their life, while the Emergency Services Award pays tribute to those who risk life and limb to keep us safe, going beyond the call of duty.

The Role Model prize honours individuals whose behaviour, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, while the Green Champion recognises a person or group who work/live/promote green issues and green living to the benefit of the community.

The Child of Achievement will go to a young person who has achieved success in some area of their life that many thought previously unachievable.

The Good Neighbour award honours someone who helps their neighbours and enhances their community by making it a friendlier, safer and comfortable place to live.

Volunteer of the Year is for an individual, group or organisation that undertakes an unpaid activity where time is given to help an organisation/individual to whom they are not related.

Lifetime Contribution honours the outstanding contribution or achievement of an individual over many years.

To make a nomination, www.jpne-events.co.uk/best-of-northumberland/
The date of the awards ceremony and deadline for entries has changed. The new deadline for nominations is Thursday, August 27. The person or group nominated must be from Northumberland. The ceremony will still be staged at Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel, in Longhorsley, but with a revised date of Thursday, September 10.