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Time to nominate your community hero

PUBLISHED: 13:46 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:10 05 July 2010

ENTRIES are starting to come into The Journal office for this year's Pride in the Community Awards.

After the resounding success of last year's inaugural event, we have teamed up once again with leading theme park Pleasurewood Hills to reward the heroes of Lowestoft and Southwold, who put other's needs before their own, or have made a major impact in the towns that they live.

ENTRIES are starting to come into The Journal office for this year's Pride in the Community Awards.

After the resounding success of last year's inaugural event, we have teamed up once again with leading theme park Pleasurewood Hills to reward the heroes of Lowestoft and Southwold, who put other's needs before their own, or have made a major impact in the towns that they live.

These hard working, kind and courageous individuals are inspirational because they work quietly behind the scenes without expecting any recognition.

But the essence of these awards is to uncover the leading lights of our community to thank them for all their compassion and care.

Last year's Pride in the Community Champion Janet Ellis was nominated by no less than 20 people for her work as a fundraiser for cancer charities, but also her unfaltering support to many vulnerable people in Lowestoft.

Speaking this week, Janet, who remains ever modest, said she still couldn't believe that she won the award.

“My family were tickled pink with me getting the award and I think I wouldn't have met such lovely people if there hadn't have been an evening like that. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone to nominate their friends and family.

“I was thrilled to bits to win the Where the Heart is category and then the Pride in the Community Champion award, even though I still think I shouldn't have received it. But the feeling it gave me, brought back memories of my mother and how she brought me and my brother up. It doesn't cost anything to be kind to people.”

Among the categories is entrepreneur of the year, won last year by Sophie Jackson, and community hero, which is currently held by fundraising duo Ann Youngman and Gwen Wicks.

And now it's up to you to highlight to us who you want to be the recipient of each of our 10 awards, which we will be given out at the Wherry Hotel, in Oulton Broad, on Monday, July 7.

Our sponsor Pleasurewood Hills, established in the early 1980s, is proud to have been part of the community for a quarter of a century as this year it celebrates its 25th anniversary.

The tourist attraction is a key part of the region's heritage and sees the importance of passion and commitment to the local community in which it operates. It's this passion for the community which forms the essence of the awards.

The premier theme park is well placed to put its name alongside these prestigious awards.

It has ambitious plans to develop the park for the future and relies heavily on its employees who number more than 150 at peak season whose mission is to go the extra mile in ensuring every visitor's experience is a special one.

The park also supports many local businesses who supply a range of goods and materials. This commitment to the economy and the people that live and work in the area will provide genuine value to the awards.

All shortlisted entrants will be contacted at the end of June and invited with members of their family to a lavish awards ceremony, which includes a three-course meal followed by the glittering 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 9, at 5pm.

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