TIME is quickly running out for people to nominate unsung heroes for the Examiner community awards.
The deadline is a week on Friday, but traditionally there is a last-minute rush of people wanting to nominate someone.
The awards have moved to an earlier date this year – Monday, June 23 – and the ceremony will be at the Galpharm Stadium.
Examiner editor Roy Wright said: “The nomination form is printed here and people can also nominate online via our website.
“It’s a quick process and takes only a few minutes, so we would urge people to look at the form and nominate someone they think is outstanding in some way or does selfless work for the community.
“And don’t forget that by nominating people you will be raising the public profile of their charity or organisations.’’
Last year’s winner of the Services To Charity category was the Crossroads shop in Meltham
It was started 10 years ago by members of seven churches and grew so big it led to the founding of the Crossroads Centre.
Since then, the shop and centre have raised a staggering £250,000, which has provided grants to organisations both large and small in the community.
All the staff who work for Crossroads are volunteers and nobody gets paid.
Volunteer Catherine Moulson said: “It’s well worth nominating someone in the Examiner awards. Winning the award certainly raised our profile; afterwards we had people coming to the shop from all over.
“The awards night itself was a fabulous event. Many people involved in Crossroads attended and it was a very memorable occasion.’’
Anything the shop doesn’t sell within two weeks is either given to a project in Huddersfield working with deprived people or sent to the Christian African Relief Trust at Lockwood, which then ships them to Africa.
For the second successive year the Examiner Awards’ executive sponsor is Cummins Turbo Technologies, which prides itself on its close links with the community.
The company, of St Andrew’s Road, Turnbridge, won an award at the first Examiner Community Awards in 2000 for its contribution to the community.
It is a world leader in designing and making turbochargers and supplies class-leading turbocharger technology to the world’s largest engine makers.
These are the eighth annual awards and we are seeking nominations for all except the special Lifetime Achievement Award. This is decided by a panel of judges and goes to someone with Huddersfield connections who has gone on to great things.
This year’s winner will be announced shortly.
Last year’s winner was artist Ashley Jackson, who lives in Holmfirth.
Others have included film star Patrick Stewart, England World Cup winner Ray Wilson, comedian Gorden Kaye, cash-and-carry tycoon Lawrence Batley and Roy Clarke, creator of TV comedy Last Of The Summer Wine.
In the other 10 categories a panel of judges will then draw up a shortlist of three in each one.
Every category will be profiled in the Examiner in the countdown to the awards night. The winner in each category will be revealed on the night.
The categories are Friend Of The Year, Services To The Community, Services To Charity, Young Personality, Emergency Services Personality, Sports Personality, Sports Team, Courage Award, Arts Award and Teacher Of The Year.
The direct website address is www.examiner.co.uk/communityawards