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Last chance to nominate YOUR community champion for an award

PUBLISHED: 10:07 20 March 2017

Community Champions.

Community Champions.


The deadline for Community Champions of Weston-super-Mare awards is today (Monday), so don’t miss your chance to nominate someone you think is worthy of an award.

The new scheme is being run by the Mercury and the Nightingale Group and aims to celebrate the very best people in the town and shine the light on some of its unsung heroes.

Anyone can be nominated for an award, whether it is because they have raised money for charity, volunteered their time for an organisation, helped a neighbour or a friend during a difficult time, or rallied in support of the community – the possibilities are endless.

People like Sue Collard – who has raised more than £300,000 for the Bone Cancer Research Trust in memory of her daughter Mary – and Denise Richards – whose community spirit means a friend’s brain-damaged son will return home from a rehabilitation centre – have been nominated so far, but make sure YOUR town hero does not miss out.

Managing director of the Nightingale Group, Richard Nightingale, said he wants the scheme to be ‘as open as possible’.

He added: “We want anybody who has done something helpful and supportive to their community to be included, we have a really broad scope.

“This is all about celebrating those people who might not normally get recognition for doing something which has added value to individuals and our community.”

Nominations can be submitted until 6pm today (Monday).

To nominate someone send your name, phone number and email address with your nominee’s name, age and address, alongside why you think they should win an award, to: Community Champions, Weston Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston, BS23 1LW. If possible please include a photograph of your nominee.

Nominations can also be sent to

The scheme will be judged by Richard Nightingale, Mercury editor Simon Angear, Weston’s MP John Penrose, chief executive officer of Voluntary Action North Somerset Cara McMahon, chief executive of Knightstone Housing Nick Horne and a member of Weston’s Youth Council and an awards ceremony will take place on April 22, at 10am.

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