Alan Hayes from the Gazette and Laraine Smith, Principal of Uxbridge College, are proud to launch Hillingdon Local Heroes 2013.Do you know a hero? Everyone does. Heroism comes in many forms, and all of us, if we think about it, can come up with someone whose selfless actions mark them out as a hero.They are the sort of people Uxbridge

LH_Launch_2013_P1019686Alan Hayes from the Gazette and Laraine Smith, Principal of Uxbridge College, are proud to launch Hillingdon Local Heroes 2013.Do you know a hero? Everyone does. Heroism comes in many forms, and all of us, if we think about it, can come up with someone whose selfless actions mark them out as a hero.

They are the sort of people Uxbridge College and the Gazette’s Hillingdon Local Heroes Awards seek to honour every year.

And now is the time for you to put forward your unsung heroes.

We are delighted that nominations are now open for Hillingdon Local Heroes 2013. For the next eight weeks, a deluge of examples of good works will come our way – caring, courage, fundraising and community improvement.

Our annual competition recognises the incredible commitment, dedication and bravery shown by unsung heroes from across Hillingdon, who have put others' needs before their own or fought against the odds.

Category winners will receive a trophy and £200, while the Hero of Hillingdon – chosen from the five category winners - will win an additional £500. Runners up will each receive £50.

So if you know someone who deserves recognition, nominate them online (http://www.uxbridgegazette.co.uk/west-london-news/localheroes/2013/03/05/nomination-form-for-hillingdon-local-heroes-2013-113046-32928433/) or by using the form featured each week in the Gazette. The closing date for entries is 29 April, and the gala awards night will be held on 6 June at Uxbridge College Hayes.

Anyone who lives, works or volunteers in Hillingdon can be nominated in any of the following five categories: Outstanding Young Person; Star Carer; Courageous Citizen; Fabulous Fundraiser and Community Champion. For more details of each category, see below.

Last year the Hero of Hillingdon prize was awarded jointly to David and Janet Ross for their tireless work in and around West Drayton, co-ordinating the area's Neighbourhood Watch scheme, working as Street Champions, and volunteering for the Yiewsley and West Drayton Town Centre Action Group. They were also recognised for their work running the Pelican Club, a social group for blind and partially-sighted people in the borough.

Laraine Smith, Principal of Uxbridge College, said: “Local Heroes is a very special event and Uxbridge College is delighted to be joining The Gazette yet again in 2013 to make it possible.

“Our community is at the heart of everything we do as a college, so it is certainly fitting for us to be helping find and honour its unsung heroes.

“I am really looking forward to finding out more about the people who make such exceptional contributions to our borough – so if you know someone like this, please nominate them now.”

Uxbridge College and Uxbridge Gazette staff can nominate their Local Heroes - however they are not eligible to be nominated themselves.

Categories

Outstanding Young Person: Anyone aged 16 or under who has made an outstanding achievement or impressive effort, supported others or enthusiastically taken part in sports or an event.

Star Carer: Someone who has selflessly looked after a friend, relative, neighbour or others.

Courageous Citizen: Someone who has triumphed over adversity, achieved something against the odds, or shown courage or determination.

Fabulous Fundraiser: An individual, group, organisation or business which has raised money for a deserving cause.

Community Champion: An individual, group or organisation which has helped or supported the community.

* Nomination forms will be featured each week in the Uxbridge Gazette and Leader or nominate on line at http://www.uxbridgegazette.co.uk/west-london-news/localheroes/2013/03/05/nomination-form-for-hillingdon-local-heroes-2013-113046-32928433/

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