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Don't forget to nominate your community heroes for this year's Pride In Fenland Awards




With nominations now open for the annual Pride in Fenland Awards it is time for you to name your unsung community heroes from across the district.

Now in their 14th year the awards, organised by Fenland District Council and the Fenland Citizen newspaper, with support from sponsors, celebrate the local volunteers who make a difference in our community and give them the recognition they deserve.

The launch was a little later in the year than normal after the pandemic delayed the 2020 awards and meant the presentation ceremony was held online for the first time earlier this year.

Mike Hill, left and Chris Newton receive the Pride in Fenland 2020 award on behalf of The Friday Group from Councillor Sam Clark.
Mike Hill, left and Chris Newton receive the Pride in Fenland 2020 award on behalf of The Friday Group from Councillor Sam Clark.

Award winners have now received their prizes including The Friday Group, which meets weekly at Salem Court in Chatteris, and provides a valuable support network for sufferers of dementia and their families.

They were the winners of the Group, Club or Organisation benefitting the Community category, which is always highly contested with so many fantastic groups,clubs and organisations providing support and friendship as well as an array of activities for people in our area.

In 2020 the judges felt The Friday Group, which is run by Mike Hill, chairman and Ann chambers, secretary, with a group of volunteers, richly deserved the award for the help and friendship they offer their members.

Nominations for the 2021 Pride in Fenland Awards are open to all volunteers, community groups and young people in Fenland, including those that went above and beyond to support local residents throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

To allow for more nominations related to the coronavirus pandemic response, this year the awards will be split into three categories:

 Community Group - Open to all community groups, large and small.

 Good Friend - Open to any individual who has volunteered their time to help others.

 Young Person in the Community - Open to any individual or group of individuals aged 21 years and under.

There is also the Special Judges’ Award which is chosen by the Fenland Citizen from the nominees of all of the above categories.

Councillor Sam Clark, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder for communities, said: “The Pride in Fenland Awards are one of the most important events of the year for us because it is our chance to acknowledge the fantastic work our volunteers and carers do, and show how much we, as a community, appreciate their dedication.”

“So many people went above and beyond during the pandemic and these awards are a great way to give those incredible people the recognition they so thoroughly deserve.”

Nomination forms will be printed in the Fenland Citizen, but if you can't get a copy of the paper then you can simply write in with your nomination. Don't forget to include the person or group's name and contact details, your name and contact details, the category you would like to nominate them for and of course why you are nominating them and they can be returned to the Fenland Citizen offices at 4 Francis St, Spalding, PE11 1AT. You can also nominate online at: www.fenland.gov.uk/prideinfenland

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on October 4 - so get nominating your community heroes now!

The award ceremony itself is currently set to premiere on the council’s YouTube channel in November and further details will be provided in due course.



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