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Search is on for Charnwood Community Heroes 2020

Published: Thu 1st October, 2020

Residents are being urged to enter nominations for Charnwood Community Heroes 2020 when they open on Thursday October 1.

The awards, run by Charnwood Borough Council, are a chance to thank people, groups and organisations who have carried out a good deed – no matter how small or large – in our community.

It could be someone who has helped a neighbour, raised funds or is always there for others. Or it could be a group, organisation or business which has carried out some excellent work in the past 12 months. Whilst there isn’t a specific Covid-19 category we welcome nominations in each of the categories for those that have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.

Covid-19 has meant that the award presentation will be a virtual event this year, presented on the Charnwood Community Heroes and Charnwood Borough Council's Facebook pages throughout the day on Saturday, December 12, 2020.

This year’s awards are being kindly supported through the council’s collaboration with EEM, a not-for-profit procurement company.

There are nine categories to enter plus the Harry Cook award, which will be awarded to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the community, in any category. It will be chosen by Harry’s family. Harry, along with wife Pat, was heavily involved in Loughborough in Bloom and their floral home not only featured on the bloom judging route but also on BBC Gardener’s World. Harry sadly died in 2018.

All we need is for people to nominate their heroes.

Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies, lead member for communities at Charnwood Borough Council, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has meant that, now more than ever, communities need to pull together and look out for one another and we have seen some fantastic examples of that over the past few months.

It has been quite heart-warming to see how people have come together to look after and support others, many of whom are vulnerable.

“While this Council and many other organisations have worked hard to support people, they cannot do everything and that’s why it has been so important for communities to pitch in and they certainly have bene doing that in Charnwood.

“Charnwood Community Heroes is a great way to thank someone who has made a positive difference in our borough during this difficult year.

“Whether it’s a simple act of kindness or a long-term project, if it has benefitted others it is important that we recognise those efforts and our community hero awards are the perfect way to do that.

“We’ve got a variety of categories and although our presentation will be virtual this year, I am certain it will be just as up-lifting as always as we showcase the best of Charnwood.

“Please put forward your nominations today and keep an eye on our social media channels for news, updates and the virtual event with our brilliant nominees.”

The nine open categories are: Young Hero; Super Trooper; Good Neighbour; Inspiring Others; Green Hero; Business Community Action; Top Team; Beyond the Call of Duty; and Brilliant Board/Trustee Member.

People can nominate and find out more visiting www.charnwood.gov.uk/heroes.

You can also keep up to date with the latest Charnwood Community Heroes news by following the Council on Twitter @CharnwoodBC and look for the hashtag #CharnHeroes. Or visit the Charnwood Community Heroes Facebook page www.facebook.com/CharnwoodCommunityHeroes.