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Neighbours thanked for their kindness

PUBLISHED: 13:35 30 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:31 05 July 2010

THERE'S only 10 days left to get your entries in for this year's Pride in the Community Awards.

The ceremony takes place on Monday, July 7 at the Wherry Hotel in Oulton Broad and will reward people from Lowestoft and Southwold for their selfless, kind and caring natures.

THERE'S only 10 days left to get your entries in for this year's Pride in the Community Awards.

The ceremony takes place on Monday, July 7 at the Wherry Hotel in Oulton Broad and will reward people from Lowestoft and Southwold for their selfless, kind and caring natures.

These people are those who go that extra mile to support others, without ever expecting anything in return.

They never seek publicity and work tirelessly behind the scenes for the good of others.

Have you got a teacher who makes your school life worthwhile, or perhaps there's someone you admire for their entrepreneurial skills, or may be there is a business in your community that you believe gives service that's second to none.

The event is being sponsored once again by Pleasurewood Hills, the leading theme park, who are this year celebrating 25 years in the community.

Amongst the nominations this week are a variety of kind neighbours.

Dilys Edwards said she wanted to put forward Pauline and Bernie Smith, who have looked after her for nearly 15 years.

“Any jobs I need doing in an emergency, a broken linen line, a blocked drain or sink, Bernie is here. I am in my 70s and disabled and the remarkable thing is Pauline is also disabled and in her 60s. They treat me as one of their family, as I have seen their four children and eight grandchildren and one great grandson all grow up.

“I want them to know how much I appreciate their help as they even send me a meal round as I cannot always stand long to cook for myself.”

Sam O'Reilly said she wanted to thank her neighbour Tania Ali for all that she has done for her since she moved in next door just over a year ago.

Sam said she has had a lot of problems, which Tania has always supported her through. “Being a post lady Tania knows a lot of people, talking to some of these people I understand that she is not only the best neighbour, but also one of the best people to have touched many lives.

“I can't put into words what Tania has done for me, let alone everyone else she meets. I had cancer just over two years ago. I still get down but when I sit here at nights there's a knock at the door with a lovely smile on her face, it makes a world of difference.”

Meanwhile Deborah Young wants to reward 81-year-old Alvin Thomas for the time and support he gives to her elderly parents.

Her mother has lymphodema in her arm and she looks after her dad who has asbestosis, is oxygen dependant and wheelchair bound.

“Tom as he likes to be called makes their life a lot easier. He arrives every morning with the newspapers, goes shopping for them on his mobility scooter, he also goes to doctors appointments with them to push the wheelchair and he phones at least once a day to check they are ok, he picks prescriptions up at the chemist for them.

“Even though he has had operations on his knees he never refuses to do anything. He makes my life a lot easier as my daughter is ill and my partner has mental health problems, so I do not have a lot of spare time. It makes me feel better knowing they have Tom. This is one person who is truly neighbour of the year.”

To nominate someone fill in the form on this page and include a recent photo of the person being nominated. Include on a separate piece of paper why you think the person you are putting forward should win the award.

Entries close on Monday, June 9, at 5pm.

WITH only a few weeks left to nominate the person you think deserves a Journal Pride in the Community Award, now is the time to really think about who deserves to be recognised.

Dozens of entries have already been received at our offices in Lowestoft, but we want more.

Who is it in your life who makes every day brighter and who do you turn to when you need support? We want to know, so we can pay tribute to them.

Do you have a teacher who makes your time at school more enjoyable? Or perhaps there is a business in Lowestoft or Southwold which you can't fault for their customer service.

The awards are taking place at the Wherry Hotel, in Oulton Broad, on Monday, July 7.

They are sponsored again by Pleasurewood Hills, who are celebrating 25 years in the community, and who see the importance of passion and commitment to the area in which they operate.

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