The hunt has begun to find village heroes who make a big difference in small South Cambridgeshire communities.
Nominations for South Cambridgeshire District Council’s (SCDC) annual Community Pride Awards have now opened, and residents are being asked to put forward names of contenders.
The awards celebrate the achievements of local people who have made a significant and voluntary contribution to their area over the last 12 months.
The five gongs up for grabs are:
- Village Hero – recognising outstanding individuals
- Young Village Hero – recognising outstanding individuals who are under 18
- Contribution to Local Services – recognising community or voluntary led services, such as a community led shop or library
- Contribution to the Environment – recognising community led projects or groups that have made a difference to the local environment
- Contribution to Health and Wellbeing – recognising local initiatives that have improved the health or wellbeing of the community
An ‘amazing’ Cambourne teenager who rescued his unconscious neighbour from a smoke-filled house was recognised as a Young Village Hero at the event last year.
Kane Hawks from Upper Cambourne was 14 when he rescued his neighbour after hearing a smoke alarm going off in the early hours.
He called 999 and carried the unconscious man to safety before paramedics and the fire service arrived.
This year’s nominations close on January 24.
Further details can be found by visiting www.scambs.gov.uk/content/community-awards or by getting in touch with your local parish council.
Cllr Pippa Corney, SCDC cabinet member responsible for localism, said: “Communities are turned into extra special places by the activities of very loyal and dedicated volunteers.
“These awards are our chance to recognise those amazing people who achieve so much for the benefit of others.
“If you know an unsung hero in your area please put their name forward as this is a great opportunity to say thank you to them.”
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