TV PERSONALITY Bruce Forsyth is calling on communities nationwide to nominate their heroes in this year's Help the Aged Living Legend Awards.

The awards, sponsored by BT, aim to pay tribute to older people throughout the country who give their free time to help others.

The Living Legend finalists will be invited to a glittering awards ceremony at London's Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane on March 23 next year.

Previous guest presenters have included Honor Blackman, Nell McAndrew, June Whitfield and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Bruce said: "I suppose we're all legends in our own way but if we take a moment to examine the people that Help the Aged is honouring, we can see who are the real living legends.

"They are the older everyday heroes who have made a real difference to the lives of people around them and asked nothing in return.

"Some of the stories of previous heroes show incredible courage, compassion and kindness and exactly why they deserve the title of Living Legend.

"I fully support these awards and hope you will too. Show you care and nominate your own local Living Legend."

This year's categories include Local Hero, Campaigner of the Year and Achievement in Sport.

A separate award, Helping Unite Generations, will be presented to acknowledge schools which are actively working to bridge the generation gap.

Help the Aged is working to combat poverty, reduce isolation, defeat ageism and to promote quality in care.

Nomination forms can be obtained from the awards hotline on 020 7239 1922 or by writing to Living Legends, Help the Aged, 207-221, Pentonville Road, London N1 9UZ.

Forms are also available on the website: www.helptheaged. or via email: or in Help the Aged shops.

All nominations must be received by January 28.