Choose your Champion!

October 26, 2011 3:22 PM

Time is running out to nominate a local hero, as Sutton prepares to crown its community champions.

The Community Leadership awards give residents the chance to say a big 'thank you' to the people who go out of their way to make Sutton a better place to live. So far around 100 nominations have been received, but nominations are open until 4 November, so there is still chance to put forward someone you think deserves recognition.

Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, commented: "there are certainly more than 100 worthy winners in our community. Sutton is an area of the capital that is renowned for its community spirit, and I implore the residents of Sutton to put forward anyone who has done anything striking to help another, or the local community."

No act is too big or small; whether it's running a youth club or helping an elderly neighbour out with the shopping, the council wants to hear about your local heroes.

Anyone can nominate someone they think deserves recognition. There are two categories for members of the public: Helping Sutton Do More with Less and Improving People's Lives. There is also an award for Sutton Council staff: Outstanding Staff Contribution - serving Sutton's people.

The winner of each category will win a shopping voucher worth £100, and runners up will be presented with certificates at a ceremony in December.

The awards were launched last year. The first winners were scout leader Jonathan Moritz, lollipop lady Brenda Kingsmill and teacher Nic Andrews.

Jonathan, troop leader of Cheam Scouts, said: "I was so pleased just to be nominated. I started running the scouts because some of the leaders couldn't commit to it as they were moving away. I stepped in and have found it massively rewarding."

To nominate someone fill in the online form at: www.sutton.gov.uk/leadershipawards, email leadershipawards@sutton.gov.uk or pick up a postcard at your local library.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 4 November.

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