UNSUNG Huddersfield heroes are to be honoured once again at the Examiner Community Awards.
The annual event, which marks its 10th anniversary this year, is back to celebrate all the amazing people who make our town a better place to live.
And we want our readers to tell us who they believe deserves a public ‘thank you’.
It could not be easier with a special section set up on the Examiner website, which means you can nominate someone and send it off in a couple of minutes.
The website address is www.examinercommunityawards.co.uk
Alternatively, simply cut out and fill in the form on this page and send it in.
Examiner editor Roy Wright said: “The awards give everyone the chance to highlight and honour those who have put so much into life and those who have achieved great things against the odds.
“We know there are many worthy candidates in Huddersfield.
“We all have a neighbour, friend or a relative who deserves a nomination.
“By putting them forward you could also be raising the public profile of their charity or organisation.’’
The winners will be announced at a ceremony and gala dinner for shortlisted nominees on Monday, June 7, at the Galpharm Stadium.
There are 13 categories and we are looking for nominations for all of them, except the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The winner of this award is chosen by a panel of judges.
The closing date for award nominations is Friday, April 9.
The awards overall sponsor is Aspley engineering company Cummins Turbo Technologies.
Dave Clay, leader of the Cummins Community Involvement Team, said: “Cummins Turbo Technologies is a world leader in the design and manufacture of Holset turbochargers for some of the world’s largest engine makers, developing technologies to reduce emissions and create a cleaner environment for all.
“We also work hard to support our local communities at Cummins’ sites across the world and are proud once again to sponsor the Examiner Community Awards as part of our commitment to Huddersfield.
“We believe our people are key to the company’s success.
“The Examiner Community Awards play an important role in recognising and rewarding truly inspirational people who work hard to make our local communities a success.
“We applaud the Examiner and encourage everyone in Huddersfield to take the time to nominate some of the unsung heroes who make Huddersfield a great place to live and work.’’
Last year’s awards featured an extra special moment when Emergency Services Personality of the Year Roy Whitehead was given a huge surprise.
The paramedic, who has now retired, was presented with his award from John Delaney, who was left disabled after a horrific accident in a 40ft shaft while working on a Huddersfield Narrow Canal scheme in 1999.
John was gravely injured with severe back injuries and Roy was lowered down to provide that vital first care for him at the scene.
They had not seen one another since that fateful day.
John, who now uses a wheelchair, said: “I usually shy away from publicity since the accident, but I really wanted to be at the awards to thank Roy properly.’’
The touching reunion moved many people in the audience to tears.
Last year’s Achievement Award went to Kiran Bali, a Hindu, for her outstanding community work.
Kiran, of Fartown, awarded the MBE by the Queen at the age of just 29, has worked for many years to bring people of all faiths together.