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Who are your Felixstowe community heroes?

PUBLISHED: 15:40 24 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:46 24 March 2019

Felixstowe Civic Awards winners 2018 Picture: FELIXSTOWE TOWN COUNCIL

Felixstowe Civic Awards winners 2018 Picture: FELIXSTOWE TOWN COUNCIL

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Our town is a thriving hotbed of people who carry out outstanding voluntary work - and there is just one week left to nominate someone for this year's awards.

Volunteers in our town give up many hours of their spare time in a huge variety of ways – running youth organisations, activities for the elderly, organising events, manning support services, managing day centres, clubs and societies, helping the medical services, caring for families, friends, neighbours, and more.

And then there are those who tirelessly raise funds for charities, equipment, new amentities, to set up projects and improve our town and its facilities.

Not forgetting those who campaign for new things – and often to save those we have from being closed and lost forever.

They are all important roles to which people devote their precious time, unpaid, for the sake of others.

Each year Felixstowe Town Council marks some of this voluntary work with the presentation of Mayor’s Awards.

Last year’s worthy winners were:

Jane Bolton for her sterling work for the Old Felixstowe Community Association for nearly 20 years, during which she raised thousands of pounds for the association; Robert (Bob) Cockburn for supporting the Royal British Legion for many years, including being parade marshal for the town and standard bearer for the RAF Association.

Pam Cole was honoured for her dedicated work with the Felixstowe Museum and its volunteers as chairman and committee member, while Rob Rushen-Smith’s award marked his outstanding contribution to the Felixstowe Scouting Group for over 40 years as well as starting the 8th Felixstowe Scout Group over 25 years ago, and Sue Simmons received hers for running support groups for people living with dementia.

Charlie Webb received the HMS Ganges Youth Trophy for his hard work supporting youngsters at the Level Two Youth Project and volunteering as a representative at the Suffolk Assembly of Youth.

In addition, the Felixstowe Community Award 2018 was awarded to the Laydens Community Project for improving the local community by reducing social isolation by providing meals, free confidential health checks, food bank provision, assistance with job searching, British Sign Language courses and much more.

If you would like to honour a local person or organisation that has made a positive difference and special contribution to our community, Felixstowe Town Council would like to hear from you.

The council’s Civic Awards scheme is now in its 17th year and has been privileged to honour many individuals and groups over the that time.

A council spokesman said: “We know that there are countless more yet to be recognised. We are delighted by the quantity and quality of the nominations we regularly receive and would love to hear about anyone who deserves recognition for services to Felixstowe.”

Nominations for the awards will be considered by the Awards Panel in April and the winners will be honoured at the Civic Awards presentation ceremony on Wednesday, May 8 at the Annual Town Meeting at the Felixstowe Academy at 7pm.

Awards in the following categories will be presented:

The Mayor of Felixstowe Award: Presented to up to 5 local individuals for their personal contribution to the community.

HMS Ganges Youth Trophy: Presented to a local young person (aged 21 or younger) or organisation supporting young people in Felixstowe.

Community Organisation Award: Presented to recognise the contribution to the community by a local organisation.

Completed entries should be received by 31 March 2019 to be eligible for consideration.

To make a nomination simply complete and return the downloadable nomination form from: www.felixstowe.gov.uk/civic-awards or contact Lorna Monsen 01394 288193 or lorna.monsen@felixstowe.gov.uk.

The town has many terrific volunteers who deserve recognition – tell us who deserves a shout-out and why on the Enjoy Felixstowe More Facebook page.

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