TIME is running out for people to have their say on who should be honoured as the Pride of Wearside.
Since we launched this year’s awards, the sixth of its kind, we’ve received scores of entries but still need more to ensure our unsung heroes get the recognition they deserve.
You have until Friday to put pen to paper and nominate a person or group who makes you proud. The winners will be awarded at a glittering award ceremony at the Stadium of Light on November 23.
Past winners have included Kellsie Scott, 13, who was given just 48 hours to live after being diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma and leukaemia in June 2009. It was a proud night for her family when, in 2009, the Pennywell schoolgirl was given our Child of Courage award.
Last year, Sunderland Carers Centre were one of those awarded for their invaluable work supporting the city’s 30,000 plus carers.
The group, based on Toward Road, were honoured with the Community Group award.
There are 11 categories in total: Child of Achievement, Community Champion, Child of Courage, Safer Community, Sporting Achievement, Student of the Year, Community Group, Fundraiser of the Year, Local Hero, Local Forces Hero and Green Champion.
In particular, we are looking for more entries in the Community Group, Green Champion, Local Forces Hero and Student of the Year categories.
For the Community Group category we are looking for a group of people, whether they are paid or volunteers, who have made a real difference to the community.
The Local Forces Hero awards recognises individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and bravery while serving our country.
Meanwhile, the Green Champion award was established to recognise a person or group of people who actively work /live / promote green issues and green living to the benefit of the community.
We also need more entries for Student of the Year which recognises individuals who have achieved success in the education system no matter what their age or ability.
Echo Editor Rob Lawson, one of the award’s judges, said: “We’ve been really impressed with the entries we’ve had so far which have been inspirational to read,
“But we’d like for as many people as possible to be recognised with a Pride of Wearside award. This is an award for ordinary people in the city who do extraordinary things.”
To enter Pride of Wearside 2011 click here.