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Shine the spotlight on your local hero

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:14 05 July 2010

THERE are many community champions throughout the Lowestoft and Southwold area who devote much of their time and energies into helping others.

For the vast majority of the time they happily carry out their tasks away from the glare of publicity but these unsung heroes and heroines deserve to be acknowledged.

THERE are many community champions throughout the Lowestoft and Southwold area who devote much of their time and energies into helping others.

For the vast majority of the time they happily carry out their tasks away from the glare of publicity but these unsung heroes and heroines deserve to be acknowledged.

Last year The Journal launched its Pride in the Community Awards which were a resounding success culminating in a prestigious awards ceremony held at the Wherry Hotel, in Oulton Broad.

Nominations were received in all categories from readers who wanted to say a big thank-you to people who put others before themselves.

This year the 2008 awards look like emulating that success and we are already receiving plenty of nominations for the various categories.

Once again The Journal is being supported by Pleasurewood Hills theme park at Lowestoft in helping to promote the community spirit and business enterprise in the area.

Among the nominations already received is one for schoolboy and Journal correspondent Ryan Holt, in the community champion category.

Amy Reed, who now lives in Lincolnshire, said she was surprised to discover Ryan was only 14-years-old as he does so much charity and community work both in and outside his school.

“Ryan does lots of fundraising for various charities raising hundreds of pounds for charities up and down the country and overseas,” said Ms Reed.

“He also runs the after school clubs at his local primary school sharing his expertise in computers, cookery and art.

“I just wish that more people would take a leaf from this adventurous, friendly and kind 14-year-old and that's why I'm nominating him for community champion,” she said.

Others who have been nominated and will be featured in the coming weeks include Lowestoft Town Football Club manager Micky Chapman who has led his team to the final of the FA Vase at Wembley on Sunday, May 11.

Nominations have also been received for Lowestoft charity fundraiser Zoiyar Cole and Karl Belmore who has been leader of the Lowestoft Thursday Club for people with learning difficulties for the past 33 years.

However, there is still time for readers to nominate their own champions in the various categories.

The shortlisted finalists and their partners or family members in all the categories will be invited to the awards ceremony that is once again being held at the Wherry Hotel on Monday, July 7.

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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