Community groups do good

Pride of Northumberland awards night at Linden Hall, Morpeth-Community Group award.'REF 1209137801
Pride of Northumberland awards night at Linden Hall, Morpeth-Community Group award.'REF 1209137801

A new sponsor has come on board to support this year’s Best of Northumberland Awards.

Organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the Northumberland Gazette, Morpeth Herald and News Post Leader, alongside Tweeddale Press’s Berwick Advertiser, the Best of Northumberland, formerly called Pride, recognises ordinary people for doing extraordinary things.

Now Northumberland County Council is backing the event.

The council is sponsoring the Community Group category, which recognises the hard work of teams across the county.

Northumbrian people care about their community. We have a strong sense of where we come from and what we stand for.

That means a commitment to looking out for each other and, often, it involves contributing to what’s going on locally.

We all know someone who gives their time to help make life better for everyone in their local area.

Community-minded people of all ages often join together to do good, but sometimes their work goes unrecognised.

Communities across Northumberland rely on people who are happy to give their time and effort for the good of others.

They might carry out fund-raising for many different causes, they can run local facilities and they form groups to improve their local environment.

Whatever they do, it all helps to foster a real sense of community spirit.

Now is the chance for you to nominate a community group you think deserves some applause.

They could be named the Community Group of the Year and receive their award at the prestigious Best of Northumberland Awards 2014.

Coun Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “As a council, we recognise and appreciate the huge contribution made by community groups.

“Why not nominate your favourite group for some well-deserved recognition.”

There are 10 categories for which you can nominate individuals and groups.

And all ages ranges are included with two special awards for youngsters – the Child of Achievement and Child of Courage accolades.

There is also the Green Champion award, recognition for an individual or group that creates a Safer Community, the Good Neighbour Award, Sporting Achievement, Fund-raiser of the Year, Role Model and Community Champion.

A shortlist will be drawn up for each category and the winners will be announced at a special ceremony at Alnwick Garden on Thursday, September 18.