Put your community champion in the mix for a Moray and Banffshire Heroes award
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The response to the global Covid-19 pandemic affecting all of our lives at the moment has been centred around local communities.
People across Moray and Banffshire have been putting their communities first as they strive to help the vulnerable stay safe during these difficult times.
From setting up groups to coordinate shopping and prescription pick-ups to making sure those shielding or self-isolating are kept in touch with others, we know there are so many people who have stepped up to the mark - and beyond - in recent months.
With the 2020 Moray and Banffshire Heroes awards - organised by Highland News and Media - delayed until later in the year due to the pandemic, we wanted to give more people a chance to be in line for our community champion award.
Sponsored by Lidl, the community champion will be an individual who has made a significant contribution to their community.
So if you know somebody in the area who has really made a difference to local people, nominate them for the community champion award by following the instructions below.
We are also looking for more nominations in the carer of the year category, which recognises an individual who cares for a loved one and who has made personal sacrifices in order to attend to the needs of others.
Parklands Care Homes, one of the largest independent care home providers in the north of Scotland, is sponsoring the carer of the year award.
Nominations are also open in all other categories, including fundraiser of the year and volunteer of the year.
The award for fundraiser of the year recognises those who devote their time and efforts to raise funds for local charities or causes.
Sponsoring the fundraiser of the year award in 2020 is Lossiemouth-based Morscot Utilities, an independent energy and utilities consultancy company.
Elgin-based construction firm, Robertson Northern, is sponsoring the volunteer of the year award. The volunteer of the year will be an individual who has been beyond generous in volunteering their time and talents to help others.
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 email@example.com
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.
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