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Reward those who make a difference

PUBLISHED: 13:21 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:17 05 July 2010

THERE are literally hundreds of individuals and groups throughout Lowestoft and Southwold, who have real pride in their community.

But for many of these kind, considerate and selfless people, their work, which in many peoples' eyes is above the call of duty, is just part of their everyday life.

THERE are literally hundreds of individuals and groups throughout Lowestoft and Southwold, who have real pride in their community.

But for many of these kind, considerate and selfless people, their work, which in many peoples' eyes is above the call of duty, is just part of their everyday life.

Now we are asking you to nominate someone who you think deserves to be acknowledged for their time devoted to helping others without expecting anything in return.

After the massive success of the inaugural presentation evening last year, The Journal's second Pride in the Community Awards is being held at the Wherry Hotel, in Oulton Broad, on Monday, July 7. And already we are receiving lots of nominations from readers who want to reward a member of their family, friend or group for their hard work, determination and true community spirit.

Sponsored by Pleasurewood Hills, who are this year celebrating their 25th anniversary, the awards are a chance to pull together all aspects of inspirational work.

Amongst the nominations received include one for Gary Bennett in three categories.

His daughter Kim said he fits the criteria for Remarkable Person of the Year, Kind Neighbour of the Year and Business of the Year.

She said of his nomination as kind neighbour: “We have elderly people in our street; my dad puts their bins out, cuts grass and general maintenance to help those people who struggle.” She added that he deserved the title of Business of the Year for his support to Lowestoft Town Football Club and Oulton Mariners in his work as a driving instructor.

“He also does Football in the Community, he helps out at a number of schools, he is a governor too, and does all of this along with being a great dad to his kids.”

Iris Patterson said she too wanted to nominate her kind neighbour Christine Lawn.

Mrs Patterson said Christine was always willing to help her when her husband was very ill with cancer - and six years later, now she is alone, she rings her morning and night to see if she is well.

She said: “I'm very lucky indeed, with any small accident she's there to help. Her husband always puts in new light bulbs for me and helps me any way he can. My alarm unit has her and my daughter's phone number in case of an accident. She's so cheerful, and can always find something to say to make me laugh, she's kindness itself.”

We are still looking for more nominations and we would like our readers to nominate their own champions in the various categories.

The shortlisted finalists and their family members in all the categories will be invited to the awards ceremony, which will include a three-course meal.

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

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 9, at 5pm.

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