PRIDE AWARDS: Nominate your heroes now

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Life savers and pint-sized fundraisers were among the winners of last year’s Derbyshire Times Pride Awards.

The annual awards, which this year will be held on April 3 at the Proact Stadium, recognise community stars for their bravery, selfless deeds, top achievements and tireless work to help others.

Last year’s winners included 13-year-old Jack Barker who picked up the Young Fundraiser Award.

This Bolsover teen had been involved in several cycle crashes and campaigning for cycle lanes in an around the town. He had even visited council meetings to lobby for changes.

Village stalwart Mary White won the Inspiring Personality of the Year award.

This Mastin Moor resident, now in her 70s, has been a leading figure in her village having achieved so much for the area such as improvements to the park, promoting community safety and developing a better community.

Described as the “mother hen” of her neighbourhood activities she has been involved include Treasurer Eventide Rest Rooms, Treasurer Staveley Armed Forces and Veterans Association, Chesterfield Tenant Executive, Member of Chartered Institute of Housing

and Staveley Community Forum.

Oliver Snodden picked up the Sporting Achievement award. The 11-year-old took part in the Derbyshire Times and Polaris Flagg challenge which consisted of a 50 mile circular route along the Peak District. The challenge was to raise money for Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice and in total £7,500 was achieved. The youngster not only completed his ride in a very respectable time but also raised £1,500 of the £7,500 pledges.

Other awards included Child of Courage Declan O’Driscoll who at the age of just 8-months-old was diagnosed with a tumour on his spine.

An MRI revealed the tumour in his spinal cord and he was then rushed to Sheffield Children’s Hospital to undergo a gruelling nine hour operation to try and remove some of the tumour. He also had chemotherapy for 16 months and underwent many blood transfusions.

“He is such an inspiration, it is quite unbelievable how happy he is,” said his nominator.

You can nominate your unsung hero by going to

This week The Social Inclusion Charity has come onboard and sponsored the Neighbour of the Year award.