THE search is on for West Lancashire's unsung heroes - the people who give so much for so little in our community.
We have teamed up with the newly launched Scottish Power Foundation to launch this year's Your Heroes awards, and give recognition to the people who give so selflessly for others.
The Scottish Power Foundation is the official sponsor of this year's awards, supporting the glittering event early next year when our shortlisted nominees will be invited to a special night of celebration.
Scottish Power launched the foundation this year to reinforce the energy company’s commitment to charitable work throughout Britain.
Its aim is to make a significant and lasting contribution to society and enhance the quality of life in local communities.
Now we are looking for YOU to nominate a community hero who you think deserves reward for their outstanding contribution.
We are looking for nominations in five categories:
Person of the Year
Young Person of the Year
Sports Person of the Year
School of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
We need your nominations to help us find our heroes.
It could be the man, woman boy or girl who carried out a dramatic rescue or saved the life of a fellow human being.
But equally it could be that fine upstanding person who has worked tirelessly for their community, to make it a better place for the people who live in it.
We all know somebody; the person who runs the local club for young people, a carer, the guy who has run the kids football team for years, the cubs or brownies leader, the person who leads the local theatre group. They go about their lives selflessly and without asking for anything in return.
Then there are our local schools, where so many wonderful things are done on behalf of our children.
Why not do something to get them the recognition they deserve.
Group editor Andrew Edwards said: “We love these awards because we get the chance to recognise some pretty amazing people.
“It's wonderful news that the Scottish Power Foundation, in its very first year, is supporting these awards. There would be no awards without them.
“So our message is simple. Get those nominations in, and give somebody special a real lift.”
Ann Loughrey, Trustee of the ScottishPower Foundation said: “The Foundation was established to reinforce our commitment to charitable work throughout Britain.
“Its aim is to make a significant and lasting contribution to society and enhance the quality of life in local communities.
“The Your Heroes Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the often unrecognised work going on within our communities and we welcome nominations for individuals and groups who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and are really making a difference”.
The awards are open for entry now and the closing date is December 20. But don't put off nominating until the last minute. Do it NOW!
All you have to do is fill in the nomination form on this page - you will find it below this article - and include a testimonial of up to 250 words on why the person, people or group should win an award.