Chance to nominate North Norfolk community heroes

A cancer survivor who has been raising money for a local youth centre. A retired teacher who runs a village play scheme.A village shop volunteer and an 'amazing' local councillor.

They are just some of the people who have already been nominated for the second annual North Norfolk Community Heroes Awards.

With a �2,000 prize pot up for grabs, organisers are urging people throughout the north of the county to nominate people in their community who devote time and effort into making their communities a better place.

The awards, run in association with Victory Housing Trust, the North Norfolk Older People's Forum, and the North Norfolk News, aim to recognise those who make things happen in north Norfolk's communities.

Last year's first ever overall community hero was Fakenham restaurateur Mujibur 'Diego' Rahman for his involvement in a raft of community activities, including shopping and collecting medicines for elderly people and founding a community football team to give young lads something to do.

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Age UK North Norfolk volunteer Ann North-Graves from Roughton also won a special award as Older Person's Champion for her sterling work with the organisation's Keep in Touch befriending scheme.

The prize money is divided between the winners themselves, and community groups chosen by the winners. The closing date for nominations this year is Friday September 9.

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Anyone who lives in north of Norfolk can make a nomination; the nominated person must be someone who is involved in a community in the north of the county.

'We have already received some really inspiring nominations, people who really are true community heroes,' said John Archibald, chief executive of Victory Housing Trust. 'There are so many great stories to be told, and we would like to hear them, and have the chance to acknowledge the unsung heroes who make our communities tick – as well as give them some cash to help them do even more good things.'

Nominations should include the name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the person making the nomination, together with up to a page of A4 explaining why they think the person they are nominating should win.

Entries should be sent to Community Heroes Awards, c/o Victory Housing Trust, Tom Moore House, Cromer Road, North Walsham, NR28 0NB, or via e-mail to The closing date for nominations is Friday 9th September.

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