There are just two days to go to nominate your Hartlepool Hero.
And Frances Connolly, the founder of the PFC Trust which is behind the awards, can’t wait to hear about the incredible work that goes on within the community at the Borough Hall on Friday, June 16.
Local charity the PFC Trust are being supported by Hartlepool Borough Council and Hartlepool Carers for Hartlepool Heroes.
Nominations have been flooding in for the 11 categories over the last few weeks but there is still time to name someone you think deserves to be recognised on the night.
The closing date for entries is Friday, May 26. The judging panel will sit the week commencing May 29 when they will agree on a shortlist of three finalists in each category.
Nominations can be done online via the PFC Trust website or by filling in the form printed in Hartlepool Life, a media partner of the event.
Frances said: “Everyone is having a hard time, that’s businesses and people, so at a time like this it is very important we celebrate those who are working hard to benefit the community.
“I was devastated last year not to be able to attend because of a family bereavement, so I’m really looking forward to it this year.
“I heard all about last year’s event when even people being nominated were hugely moved that they were being celebrated by their own community.
“We have heard all the reports of how people in attendance loved the idea of Hartlepool Heroes – there are so many heart-warming stories that you hear about that largely go unnoticed ordinarily.
“What’s nice about Hartlepool Heroes too is that the winners of the awards then get the chance to nominate chosen organisations, charities, groups or people to receive the money they win – it’s all about encouraging people to help others.
“Others will benefit from the award winners’ success. We all hope that everyone who heads to the Borough Hall will have an incredible night and enjoy themselves.”
Hartlepool Heroes wants to find winners for Carer of the Year, Community Champion, Emergency Services Hero, Green Community Champion, Lifetime Achievement, People’s Choice, Sports for Development, Teacher of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Young Adult Carer of the Year and Young Carer of the Year.
Orangebox Training Solutions, the Plastic Furniture Company, Steel Benders and Hartlepool Carers are already sponsoring categories at the event for the second year and organisers are urging more Hartlepool businesses to support the event.
Frances said: “We all know how difficult times are for many people, but I would like to encourage those who are still doing OK in this difficult economic climate to help us celebrate the achievements of people in Hartlepool. It would be fantastic if we see other companies and businesses come on board to sponsor categories on the night.”
*Nominations should be done online via thepfctrust.org/awards or this form in Hartlepool Life should be filled in and sent to the specified address by Friday, May 26. If you are interested in sponsoring a category at the event go to the website too.