Heroes will shine at the Chichester Observer’s community awards are launched

Observer Community Awards 2014'All the winners along with Fred Dinenage at the ceremony at Butlins in Bognor SUS-141216-130102001
Observer Community Awards 2014'All the winners along with Fred Dinenage at the ceremony at Butlins in Bognor SUS-141216-130102001

WHETHER it is a community-minded volunteer, a serial fundraiser or an individual who is simply inspirational, we all know someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

And now is the chance to let them shine as the Observer series launches this year’s Community Awards .

“We are asking you, our fantastic readers to nominate those unsung heroes and deserving people or groups who you think deserve recognition for the valuable contribution they play in our community,” said community content deputy editor Kelly Brown.

“It could be someone who has inspired you by overcoming a personal hurdle or it could be a long-serving volunteer whose actions have made a huge difference to our area.”

In a change to last year there are now 14 categories for the awards which all recognise different parts of our community.

In each category, readers are invited to nominate people or groups they think deserve the honour.

Kelly said: “Our youth categories really celebrate the best of our young people and schools in the area.

“The charity awards recognise the fundraisers, volunteers and the charities themselves while the community awards celebrate the real contribution individuals make every day.

“We also have some great categories recognising community events, the arts and our sports stars so there really in something in there for everyone

Readers have until October to put forward their nominations, after which we will print a shortlist and our Observer readers will cast their votes and choose the winners, with the Observer choosing an additional winner from the nominees for our special achievement award.

The winners will then be announced at a special awards ceremony on December 14 at Butlin’s in Bognor Regis.

“We are delighted that once again we have the support of our sponsors, without whom the awards would not be possible, with Rolls Royce our principal sponsor,” said Kelly.

“It is great to see there are so many local businesses who feel the way we do about our community heroes so we thank them very much for their support.”

If you would like to nominate someone for an award then email stephen.pickthall@jpress.co.uk with their details, which category you are nominating them for and why you think they should receive an award.