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Time's running out to name local hero

PUBLISHED: 13:55 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:35 05 July 2010

IT really is your very last chance to nominate someone you know for a Pride in the Community Award.

The closing date for entries is looming on Monday, so put your pens to paper today and put someone forward who is deserving of recognition.

IT really is your very last chance to nominate someone you know for a Pride in the Community Award.

The closing date for entries is looming on Monday, so put your pens to paper today and put someone forward who is deserving of recognition.

Everyone knows someone in their life who has made a difference with their selfless, modest and caring outlook.

It could be your teacher who has made your time at school more bearable or a colleague who in your eyes makes the working day sail by with their support and attitude.

Perhaps you have a generous neighbour, admire someone in your community who has gone to heroic lengths to make something happen, or do you know a child who has battled adversity and is a shining example to others?

Equally, do you know of a business in Lowestoft and Southwold, whose customer service is second to none, or is there someone who is really making a go of their entrepreneurial spirit and making a change to the way in which we live?

After the nominations close at 5pm on Monday, a group of judges will shortlist three entries in each category, who will be invited to the awards evening at the Wherry Hotel on Monday, July 7, with their families for a three course meal.

A Pride in the Community Champion will also be chosen representing someone who has worked above and beyond the call of duty in the name of others.

Last year's recipient Janet Ellis will attend the event with her husband Trevor and will present the award.

This week's nominations include one from Avril Bonfield, who has nominated her daughter Claire as Inspirational Child of the Year, after battling through 25 operations, 23 of which were on her brain.

Claire first had a brain tumour removed in 2004, but had numerous complications and infections, including meningitis and a brain abscess, leaving her with acquired brain injuries and shunt controlled hydrocephalus.

She has endured a long rehabilitation process but through sheer determination has battled through.

Meanwhile, lifelong Blundeston resident Geraldine Bailey has been nominated as a Community Hero by her friend Olive Price, who praised her dedication to village life.

Geraldine began serving her community when she was just 16 as church council secretary. She has gone on to playing the church organ at St Mary's for 40 years as well as help out as a Sunday School teacher.

Together with her sister she runs a weekly club for the over 60s and invites older people in for meals at her own home.

The awards are sponsored by Pleasurewood Hills, who are celebrating their 25the birthday this year, and who see the importance of passion and commitment to the area in which they operate.

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.

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