Chance to nominate local healthcare and emergency workers for Moray and Banffshire Heroes awards
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Those working in healthcare always deserve our praise, but at these unprecedented times there are so many in the sector who warrant special attention.
With the 2020 Moray and Banffshire Heroes awards delayed until later in the year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is still time to nominate your healthcare heroes.
The health professional of the year award will be presented to an individual or group within the healthcare sector who has provided a service above and beyond the call of duty, improving or making an impact on the quality of life for others.
The award, sponsored by Specsavers Hearing Services Elgin, is expected to be heightened this year as the coronavirus crisis continues to affect individuals, families, businesses and communities.
So if you or somebody you know have been moved by the sheer dedication and care shown by a healthcare professional, let us know why they deserve this extra-special recognition.
The Moray and Banffshire Heroes awards are also looking for nominations in the emergency services or armed forces category, which is sponsored by Elgin-based training provider, The Training Folk.
Police, rescue services, ambulance, fire crews and more have all been affected by the current situation, and we want to hear about an outstanding member of the services who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in these testing times.
The awards, organised by Highland News & Media, are also seeking further nominations in other categories including brave child of the year and public servant of the year.
The brave child accolade, sponsored by building suppliers MKM Elgin, recognises a child who has overcome extreme adversity or shown exceptional courage or bravery in their life.
The public servant title will be presented to an individual who has gone the extra mile in the delivery of their job, making a real difference to their service users, the organisation they work for or the community they work in.
That category is sponsored by Buckie funeral directors, William R Mair (part of Dignity Funerals).
Readers can nominate their heroes in any of the 12 categories by filling in the newspaper form below and posting it to Moray & Banffshire Heroes, Highland News & Media, New Century House, Stadium Road, Inverness, IV1 1FG.
Or, you can email your nominations, giving all the required details, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Readers can also nominate their heroes online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MorayHeroes20
Nominations will close on Saturday, June 6, at midnight.
After that, our judging panel will draw up a shortlist from each category which will be published in a special supplement later in the summer.
Readers will then be able to vote for their choice in each of the categories, with the winners announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, September 3, at the Mansefield Hotel in Elgin.