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PUBLISHED: 11:10 01 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:18 06 July 2010

LAST year's Pride in the Community Champion has urged all readers to nominate a deserved family member, friend or colleague for the 2009 awards.

Zoiyar Cole, who lives in Lowestoft, was recognised for her tireless work to raise thousands of pounds for cancer charities during the 2008 ceremony.

LAST year's Pride in the Community Champion has urged all readers to nominate a deserved family member, friend or colleague for the 2009 awards.

Zoiyar Cole, who lives in Lowestoft, was recognised for her tireless work to raise thousands of pounds for cancer charities during the 2008 ceremony.

After winning the Where the Heart Is category, she was dumbfounded, but overjoyed to also be given the top accolade.

And this week she asked everyone to think of a person who has made an impact in their lives, whether it be a talented child, successful business or community fundraiser.

“Everybody just put your thinking caps on, there are a lot of people around who should be put forward for it, much more than I was,” said Zoiyar.

“These people don't do what they do to get anything out of it; they just enjoy helping people, so get involved and nominate someone who makes a difference to you.”

Entries are still continuing to arrive for this year's awards, but we want more.

Together with our sponsors Pleasurewood Hills, we have linked up for the first time with our sister paper The Beccles and Bungay Journal to recognise even more inspirational people who make their own community a better place to be.

We are looking for a host of selfless, modest and hard-working people who deserve a vote of thanks for their kindness to others.

These are the sorts of individuals who go out of their way to help others, always putting themselves second and who never actively seek any reward.

It could be a member of your family or a friend who you consider a community hero, an entrepreneur who has made a difference to your quality of life with their innovative thinking, or a kind neighbour who is always at the end of a phone.

Perhaps you have a favourite teacher who makes going to school each day that little bit easier or someone who has a heart of gold.

We want you to tell us their heartfelt stories so we can let them know how you and the rest of the community feel about them.

The awards will take place at Pleasurewood Hills, on Tuesday, July 7, and will begin with a summer garden party, which will include drinks and a buffet by the lake.

This will be followed by a free Circus and Tango show for guests inside the Castle Theatre before the presentation of award winners hosted by Journal editor Russell Cook and Pleasurewood Hills manager Yves Delhommeau.

All shortlisted entrants will be contacted by the end of June and are invited with members of their family to the lavish awards ceremony.

To nominate someone for one of the nine categories listed on this page fill in the entry form with the category of your choice together with your name, address, daytime telephone number and if possible a recent photograph of that person.

Please also include on a separate piece of paper why you think the person you are putting forward has Pride in their Community.

Entries close on Monday, June 15, at 5pm.

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