Search is on for community heroes in Derbyshire

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The search has begun for community heroes.

Derbyshire County Council is starting the hunt for Excellence in the Community award-winners.

The authority wants to hear about exceptional people, groups or organisations that have worked tirelessly:

* to raise money for good causes

* as volunteers

* to protect and enhance the Derbyshire environment

* to make Derbyshire a safer place to live work and visit

* to encourage closer, caring and active communities

* to promote Derbyshire through their sporting, musical, academic or artistic success.

The authority will be hosting a prestigious ceremony at the Devonshire Dome, Buxton, on Monday, October 17.

Individuals, groups, businesses, voluntary groups and charities that are improving the lives of others will be honoured at the awards, which are now in their fifth year.

Cllr Andrew Lewer, leader of the county council, said: “Derbyshire is a great place to work, live and visit and part of that is thanks to our increasing army of volunteers.

“They make a huge impact and deserve our thanks for their hard work.

“We want you to tell us about truly exceptional people who put the needs of others first and make a difference to their communities by making that extra effort which makes them stand out.

“And we want to know about people who have helped put Derbyshire on the map through outstanding personal achievement.”

You can nominate someone today at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/excellenceawards or Call Derbyshire on 08 456 058 058. Nomination forms are also available in libraries.

The awards are open to anyone over 18 years of age – the county council’s Derbyshire Young Achiever’s event recognises people under 18.

Closing date for nominations is Friday, August 19.