Last chance to honour your new year heroes

This week is the last chance you have to honour our community heroes for 2012.

You have until December 19 to take part in our New Year Honours Awards – and we are calling on you to take this opportunity to nominate our unsung stars.

Many people across the town work tirelessly for the benefit of others and we are giving you the chance to name those you believe deserve special recognition.

We will be presenting our winners with certificates at a ceremony in Matlock’s Imperial Rooms on January 6.

There is no age limit to those you can nominate and their good deeds can be anything from helping at a local club, encouraging eco campaigns and raising funds for charity to fetching the shopping for a neighbour or caring for a sick relative.

If you know someone who has gone the extra mile for the community – let us know.

Mercury editor Amanda Hatfield, said: “The role of the Mercury is to speak up for the silent majority who are too modest to push themselves forward.

“There are many unsung heroes across our community who deserve some recognition for all their hard work.”

In the Mercury each week we print articles about generous people who are raising funds for charity or doing their bit for others and the area.

Last year’s winners included Tom Pilkington, who is a stalwart of the Matlock Boys’ Brigade, dedicated care assistant Jane Dodds and Peter Woodward who helped save Cromford post office.

To enter your hero, fill in the coupon in this week’s Matlock Mercury and send it to the Matlock Mercury office.

Following the presentation ceremony we will be printing a full list of award winners and pictures from the event.

So far we have had a dozen nominations but there is room for plenty more at our ceremony and we want to be able to reward as many people as possible.