There are many reasons to be proud of Derbyshire - but the main one is the incredible people who live and work here.
The annual Derbyshire Times Pride Awards will recognise some of these community heroes for their bravery, selfless deeds, top achievements and the tireless work they do for others.
They will be held on April 3 at the Proact Stadium.
We are inviting you to nominate your unsung heroes.
Who do you think is so inspiring they deserve to be recognised with a Pride Award?
The categories are:
Love Where You Live -
Do you know a person or group who has significantly improved their community? It could be a small project that has made a big difference or an on-going effort to enhance the area.
Young Fundraiser -
Sponsored by Derby University
A person under 16 years who has shown that their passion and dedication has made a difference to a charity or cause. The judges are looking for an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to fundraising support within the community.
Emergency Services -
Sponsored by Chesters fish and chips
This award recognises a member or members of the police, fire, ambulance who have gone beyond the call of duty. We are seeking individuals or crews who work within the emergency services.
Community Spirit -
Sponsored by Chesterfield College
This award recognises individuals/groups working at the heart of communities to make improvements and change with lasting benefits. The judges are looking for individuals/groups which have tackled anti-social behaviour, invested in community facilities, and improve aesthetic appeal.
The search is underway for inspiring stories from individuals who have saved the life of another in remarkable or difficult circumstances who have triumphed over adversity.
Music and Performing Arts
Do you know a someone who has excelled in the world of music or performing arts?
Sporting Achievement -
Sponsored by Derby University
This award recognises individuals who have proved outstanding achievement in a sporting field. Not only does it recognise sporting skill but also drive, ambition, and determination. The award will be made to an individual who demonstrates exceptional sporting talent and determination.
Do you know a young person under 18 who has achieved something outstanding, excelled in something they didn’t think they could, or just done something unexpected then please nominate them for an award they deserve.
Community Group of the Year
Sponsored by Chesterfield Borough Coucnil
This award will go to a group that has made their community a better place to live. They may have introduced regular pro-active meetings, set up a local newsletter or been part of a neighbourhood watch. Entries should include all details, activities, and show any results of what their group has achieved.
Fundraiser of the Year
The judges are looking for individuals or groups who have demonstrated continued commitment to a charity or cause through fundraising, hard work and dedication
Inspiring Personality (Individual) of the Year
The winner of the award will not only make a difference in the community but also inspire and instil confidence in others. They will demonstrate they have made a significant contribution within their area, business, educational establishment, voluntary organisation, and inspired others to do the same.
Neighbour of the Year
A neighbour who may have been a good friend and who has supported you and your family, or who you think has made a significant contribution to your neighbourhood.
This award is the ultimate accolade for all our entrants and the winner will be chosen from each of the category winners. The judges will be looking for the person/group that has shown the most passion and courage within the community.
To nominate your community hero for a pride award go to www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/prideawards
Join the elite and support your community. Sponsor one of our awards today by contacting Haroldine Lockwood, events manager at Derbyshire Times by calling 07803 505658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org