Taking Pride

PUBLISHED: 12:15 04 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:06 06 May 2010

Andy has been nominated

Andy has been nominated

TODAY we are officially launching the Pride of Comet Country Awards and we need you to nominate your unsung heroes. We want to know about all the positive and inspiration people and organisations in our area and the awards are a chance to recognise all t

TODAY we are officially launching the Pride of Comet Country Awards and we need you to nominate your unsung heroes.

We want to know about all the positive and inspiration people and organisations in our area and the awards are a chance to recognise all the good things going on in our community.

There are seven categories and they are Carer of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Parent in a Million, Young Achiever, Valiant Volunteer, Great and Green and Charity Champions. If you can think of someone who fits any of the categories and you think they deserve to be recognised for all they do fill out our application form or contact us and we will send you an entry pack.

* Andy makes a splash

Andy has been nominated for his contribution to fundraising. Last year Andy, of Deards End Lane, Knebworth, swam 147 miles of the River Thames in 14 days raising £20,000 for The Antony Nolan Trust.

He started off in Gloucestershire and finished at Teddington Lock in London. During the swim he developed pains in his shoulder and wrist, serious exhaustion and a stomach ache after swallowing mouthfuls of Thames water. Before the challenge, the father-of-three had to be inoculated against hepatitis, tetanus and diphtheria.

Andy said: "I feel very proud to have been nominated for one of your awards. I have been blessed with good health that has allowed me to provide for myself but in society we have to also think of others.

"The Government is there to ensure financial support for all but the gift of life can only come from people - like the people reading The Comet. Any one of them can save another person's life with the gift of blood, bone marrow or at the end of their life, their organs. The money I raised will help The Anthony Nolan Trust take back lives from leukaemia, a completely curable disease, and has made it all worthwhile.

* Categories

Carer of the Year

Do you know someone who has given up their time to look after someone else? Do they consistently put other people's needs before their own? If so now is your chance to nominate them so they can be recognised for what they do.

Teacher of the Year

Now is your chance to nominate an inspirational teacher. Do you know a teacher who goes that extra mile to support his/her pupils? This needs to be someone who makes a real difference to the lives of their students.

Parent in a Million

We want to hear about parents who have made huge sacrifices to help their child/children. Have your parents done something for you which you think they should be recognised for? If so here is your chance to say thank you in front of the whole community.

Young Achiever

We want to hear about heroic young people who do inspirational things. Do you know of someone under 18 who has shown amazing bravery, suffered with a serious illness or excelled in some other way? If you know a young person who has overcome problems to triumph let us know.

Valiant Volunteer

Without volunteers giving up their time our community would be much poorer. We want to recognise all the good work going on in Comet country. You can help us by telling us of a volunteer who regularly makes a difference to your area.

Great and Green

This category is for individuals, schools, clubs or businesses that are doing their bit for the environment. We want to know of people or organisations who really care about the world around them. Whether it is maintaining local areas or coming up with new ways of looking after our community we want to hear about it.

Charity Champions

This is open to individuals, charities, businesses and organisations that are committed to raising money for good causes. Have you or your group come up with original fundraising ideas? Has your group or business made a real difference to national or local charities?


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