Time is short to nominate county stars

IPSWICH: Time is running out to highlight that special person who makes such a difference to the lives of others.

IPSWICH: Time is running out to highlight that special person who makes such a difference to the lives of others.

The nomination deadline for the Stars of Suffolk Awards is March 1.

The awards are a joint venture between The Evening Star and Suffolk County Council and are designed to find those people who are shining lights in communities throughout the county because of their inspiration, bravery and compassion.

Is there a young person you know who has shown real courage and deserves some recognition?

Or maybe there is a member or a volunteer from a search and rescue service who has saved your life or that of someone you know.

There are 13 categories to choose from including unsung hero, volunteer, carer, community champion and outstanding bravery.

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There is also the opportunity to nominate members of the emergency services.

Once judging has taken place, the three finalists in each category will be invited to a glamorous awards evening.

Held at Endeavour House, the home of Suffolk County Council, on Tuesday, March 30, the finalists will be treated like the stars that they are at the black tie event.

The presenter on the night will be Radio Suffolk's Breakfast Show host, Mark Murphy.

He said: “I think it's really important showcase some positive stories. This is a fantastic place to live and these people make it even better.”

Many local companies are supporting the awards with sponsorship and there will also be plenty of entertainment from Suffolk acts including Laura Wright, from opera girl band All Angels.

Star editor Nigel Pickover said: “The awards evening is a brilliant night, made so special by hearing stories about some of the wonderful people who live among us.”

Jeremy Pembroke, leader of Suffolk County Council, said: “The strength of community spirit gets us through the most challenging of times. I hope that people will take this opportunity to nominate their special someone.”

n To nominate someone for the award fill in the form on this page, including as much information about the person as possible.

n The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 1.

n The awards night will take place on Tuesday, March 30, at Endeavour House in Russell Road, Ipswich.