Launching the awards, from left, Alan Taylor, YLP’s business development manager Mark Stanford, and the borough council’s Lorraine Gore and Graham Middleton. Picture: Ian Burt

West Norfolk’s inspirational unsung heroes are set to be given the recognition they deserve at a special awards ceremony in the New Year.

And we need your help to make sure members of our community who have worked tirelessly to help others, gone that extra mile or triumphed over adversity, are honoured as the borough’s unsung heroes.

Today (Friday) we launch our search for nominations in 12 categories for the first Your Local Paper Local Hero Awards, sponsored by West Norfolk Council and held with the support of a number of the area’s businesses.

And we have a true hero to host the presentation ceremony  – Welsh veteran of the British Army, Simon Weston CBE.

The inspirational Falklands War hero suffered serious burns to 46 per cent of his body when the ship he was on board, the Sir Galahad, was destroyed in an attack in 1982. 

Welsh Guardsman Mr Weston has received recognition for his charitable work and motivational speaking where he spreads a message of achievement, triumph in the face of adversity and of seizing the moment.

Mr Weston will host the special award ceremony on April 20 at Lynn’s Alive Corn Exchange.

Falklands War hero Simon Weston.

Nominations are now open and we want you to help us celebrate a community which has pulled together during the pandemic and beyond.

The awards cover a broad range of  categories with the borough council sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement award.

As well as this, we are looking for nominations in the following categories:  Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Adrian Flux Insurance), Young Person of the Year (aged up to 18 and sponsored by Wisbech Grammar School), Neighbour of the Year (Freebridge Community Housing),  Work Colleague of the Year (Discover King’s Lynn), Fundraiser of the Year (Duke’s Head Hotel), Sportsperson of the Year (Alive West Norfolk), Uniformed Services Award (St James’s Place Wealth Management), Teacher of the Year (Russen and Turner),  Triumph over Adversity Award (Greenyard Frozen UK), Health Worker of the Year (Jark Recruitment) and Carer of the Year (Rounce and Evans Property Management).

Nominees must live or work within the borough. Your nomination should be made online via our dedicated website www.ylpheroawards.com or via our www.yourlocalpaper.co.uk website by clicking the Hero Awards button. 

If you are unable to make an online nomination call our office on 01553 611111 between 9am and 1pm where YLP staff will be able to help you.

For more details about how to make your nomination see page 49 of today’s YLP. Nominations close at 5pm on February 18 and will be judged by a panel comprising the borough mayor and representatives from West Norfolk Council and YLP.

West Norfolk Council is working with YLP to help re-launch its former awards.

Graham Middleton, borough council deputy leader and cabinet member for business, culture and heritage, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting this event as it recognises the people in our community who have gone the extra mile over the last year.

“Hero is a word we’ve heard many times during the challenges of the past 20 months and it’s right for us to acknowledge the people who continue to do so much to make a difference in West Norfolk.”

Lorraine Gore, council chief executive, added: “I’m regularly inspired by the dedication and commitment of people in West Norfolk who give so much to help and support our local communities. The awards will highlight the real difference that these unsung heroes have on our local area and will recognise their achievement.”

YLP’s managing director, Alan Taylor, said: “The team at Your Local Paper is so very proud and delighted to have taken over the Local Hero Awards on April 20 next year.

“We are also delighted to have someone of the calibre of Simon Weston as our host for the presentation ceremony – a true hero in all senses of the word and what better person to honour our West Norfolk heroes?

“We need to celebrate our very local heroes now more than ever. Please make sure you nominate your Local Hero.”

If you know someone who deserves recognition, has been an inspiration, gone over and above what was expected of them or has a personal achievement which should be celebrated, make your nomination now. Don’t leave it to the last minute, make sure we know about them.

Our thanks to Rob Mason, of King’s Lynn Website Design for his help with the launch. 

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