New scheme to reward unsung heroes in Sutton Bridge, Long Sutton and Little Sutton

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An awards scheme to recognise some of the area’s ‘unsung heroes’ is being launched to highlight their good work.

The scheme, which will reward people who go above and beyond the call of duty, is to be run in Long Sutton, Little Sutton and Sutton Bridge and has been devised by the area’s councillor Chris Brewis.

Individuals who are deemed to have done something special, or who have helped people without recognition, or ‘on the quiet’ will be rewarded with vouchers to spend in local shops and businesses.

“Anyone in an elected position, or holding an office in any group or organisation will not be eligible to apply,” said Cllr Brewis.

“Groups will not qualify either, it’s just for individuals doing little things ‘above and beyond the call of duty’, and they can remain anonymous if they wish.

“It’s all new, so we’re just going to see how it goes.”

Coun Brewis, who is not sure if a similar scheme exists elsewhere, came up with the idea, following the floods which affected parts of Sutton Bridge last December.

“I was walking up the road, when I saw this lad, who was only 18, walking along with a spade. He told me there was a lot of rubbish in the underpass, and that he was going to clear it up – nobody had told or asked him to.

“There are all these little things people do, and it’s those I’d like to recognise,” he added.

Forms for people to nominate possible winners are currently being produced, and Cllr Brewis says these will be available from the libraries and Post Offices in the Suttons area, as well as Sutton Bridge Parish Council offices and himself.

A panel of six people, including three youngsters aged between 12 and 18, has been put together to judge the applications and choose the winners – possibly one a month from each community.

“The awards will be in the form of vouchers, to be spent in a shop, or to buy something made by a business of the winner’s choice, but that shop or business must be in Long Sutton, Little Sutton, or Sutton Bridge, to keep the money in our communities,” said Coun Brewis, who hasy secured the support of several local firms.

It is hoped the first awards will be made in June.