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Who's the hero?
Monday 21st December, 2009

Do you know someone who goes the extra mile for their friends, their family or their community?

If so, there’s still time to nominate them for Wigan Borough’s highest accolade – the brand new Wigan Life Awards. Nominations are open until 8 January 2010 and there will be a glittering ceremony in the spring.

The council and its partners across the public services are looking for individuals as well as groups whose work improves the quality of life and well-being of local people, and who collectively make the borough a better place for all of us.

Already, judges have been delighted and moved by the entries received so far:
  • “he saved the day by phoning the fire service”
  • “she checks if I am alright, rings my family or the doctor for me…”
  • “my friend is brilliant and helps everyone”
  • “she has a wonderful caring nature, does fund raising – her work is never-ending”
  • “bulb planting, landscaping, making our community beautiful”

Alan Stephenson, chair of the Ashton Leigh and Wigan NHS Trust, said: “These community champions deserve recognition - and you can make that happen.”

There’s a nomination form in the current Borough Life residents’ magazine and at the wiganlife.com website. Forms can also be handed in to your local library or council office.

Nominations need to include contact details for the person or group you have chosen, as well as your own details and the category of award they are being proposed for:

  • Ambassador for the borough – improving our reputation and profile
  • Business contribution to the community – supporting community events
  • Children’s champion – making children’s lives or education better
  • Eco-school – an educational establishment committed to green issues
  • Good neighbour – someone who goes out of their way
  • Green and glorious – people or groups leading eco projects
  • Healthy school – outstanding efforts to improve pupil and staff health
  • Health and well being award for professionals – for the public sector
  • Life changing – helping others to turn their lives around – or their own
  • Partnership award – two or more organisations working together
  • Sports personality of the year – local sporting role models
  • Volunteer(s) of the year – those working to improve the lives of others
  • Young citizen of the year – people 18 or under who help others

Council leader Lord Peter Smith added: “The borough’s public, private and voluntary sector agencies are working together to tackle major challenges. If you know of someone who deserves to have their hard work recognised, then don’t hold back. Let us know by nominating them.”


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