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Still time to nominate your heroes

PUBLISHED: 15:07 16 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:24 05 July 2010

ENTRIES for The Journal's Pride in the Community Awards are now flooding into the newspaper's offices.

From supportive teachers, community heroes to kind neighbours, there are some inspirational stories from around the Lowestoft and Southwold areas.

ENTRIES for The Journal's Pride in the Community Awards are now flooding into the newspaper's offices.

From supportive teachers, community heroes to kind neighbours, there are some inspirational stories from around the Lowestoft and Southwold areas.

There is another three weeks to go until entries close, so now is the time to put pen to paper and nominate someone who you feel has made a difference to your life.

The awards will take place on Monday, July 7, at the Wherry Hotel, in Oulton Broad, where these kind and selfless people will be rewarded.

Sponsored for the second year by Pleasurewood Hills, they are celebrating 25 years within the community and see the importance of passion and commitment to the community in which they operate.

This week among the nominations is two for Billy Hansford, who is highlighted as a community hero by Christine Flunder and Brian Hunter.

Mrs Flunder, who is publicity officer for Heartcare, said at the age of 79 Billy decided to walk the London Marathon to support her charity dressed as the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

“Billy suffers from emphysema and because of the wet conditions on the day the official marathon doctor wouldn't allow him to complete his walk. He was distraught and I feel that to receive a Pride in the Community Award would more than make up for his disappointment.

“Since the walk I have come to learn a great deal more about Billy and his numerous selfless projects over many years raising thousand of pounds for numerous local charities.”

Mr Hunter, who is a director of the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival, said Mr Hansford brings to town a charismatic ability to declare a proud ownership of Lowestoft.

“His endeavour and participation has involved being a part of Lowestoft Carnival, running in the London Marathon, executing a parachute jump and playing a support role in the Lowestoft Air Show.

“Wherever there is a local community event, Billy is there. In all these activities Billy thought only of the community of Lowestoft and how he was proud to be associated with it.”

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

The shortlisted finalists and their family members in all the categories will be invited to the awards ceremony.

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