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Who will follow in Margaret's footsteps to scoop a Pride in Fenland Award in 2021?

The search is on for your unsung community heroes from across the district as the annual Pride in Fenland Awards return for their 14th year.

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

Last week's launch was little later than normal after the pandemic delayed the 2020 awards and meant the presentation ceremony was held online for the first time earlier this year.

Margaret Bird (left) receives Pride in Fenland Award from Councillor Sam Clark and Shirley Morrissey, who nominated her.
Margaret Bird (left) receives Pride in Fenland Award from Councillor Sam Clark and Shirley Morrissey, who nominated her.

Award winners have now received their prizes and that includes Margaret Bird, who was the deserving winner of the Volunteer in the Community Category.

Margaret stood out from the crowd - and she had a great deal of competition in her particular category - to scoop the award for her tireless devotion to her local Wimblington community.

She has turned her hand to a variety of different activities, but all with the common theme of helping the residents and community of her village. In no particular order she has volunteered at Doddington Hospital shop for 20 years, she has volunteered for the Wimblington Community Car Scheme for 10 years, been been the District Commissioner for the Girl Guides and is still active in the organisation and going for badges.

Margaret Bird (left) and Shirley Morrissey, who nominated her.
Margaret Bird (left) and Shirley Morrissey, who nominated her.

So the question is who will follow in Margaret's footsteps this year and win one of our three categories?

We have a slight name change for the category that Margaret won - this year it is known as Good Friend and is open open to any individual who has volunteered their time to help others. The change is a reflection on the times we live in and the fact that so many people stepped up to the plate and helped each other out during the pandemic.

Nominations for all three categories in 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.

The other two categories are: Community Group - open to all community groups large and small.

And 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.

To nominate you can fill in the coupon below, using extra paper if necessary.

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

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

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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