Unsung heroes across Tamworth are set to be honoured for the second year running as the Spirit of Tamworth Community Awards are back with a bang.
After the huge success of the awards last year, the Tamworth Herald has once again teamed up with Tamworth Round Table, Tamworth Ladies Circle, Drayton Manor and Expand Digital to relaunch the accolades in a bid to celebrate those who make the town's community a better place.
We are all now calling on the Tamworth public to nominate those who they deem worthy of recognition, as nominations for the ten awards on offer have now opened.
Matt Cann, Tamworth Round Table chairman, said: "After last year's success we have returned with the second Spirit of Tamworth Community Awards to recognise the incredible people in Tamworth who have such a positive impact on their community.
"We have tweaked some of the award categories this year and added some new ones in particular 'Beyond the Call Of Duty' where we will recognise the amazing work of our emergency services. Tamworth often gets a bit of a bad press with crime and so on, but there are a lot of good people who are proud of their town and will do anything to help others.
"We need people to send in their stories no matter how big or small as they all make a difference.
"We want to highlight these people and present awards to those who deserve it."
The competition will be split into ten different categories and, like before, these will feature in the Herald each week until the closing date for nominations later this year.
These include :
- Charity Fund-raiser of the Year,
- Making a Difference (Children under 11),
- Spirit of Youth (Between 11 to 18-year-olds),
- Teacher of the Year,
- Community Group of the Year,
- Carer of the Year,
- Beyond the Call of Duty,
- Coach/Instructor of the Year,
- Volunteer of the Year,
- Student of the Year.
The top three nominees from each category will be invited free of charge to the awards evening with more than 200 people in attendance including VIPs.
Once the nominations are in, three finalists will be picked for each category with one of them being crowned the winner at a special award ceremony at Drayton Manor, on Friday, February 2.
Once the winner of each category has been chosen, the guests will then vote for their overall Spirit of Tamworth Award champion.
Last year youngster Tilly Sweet was crowned the champion in what was an emotionally-charged evening.
Speaking after her daughter's success, Louise Sweet, Tilly's mother, was so proud of her as she collected her award. She said: "When we came here tonight we did not expect to win anything as there are so many inspirational children here.
"After everything Tilly has been through, after all the treatment she has had, she continues to smile and tell us off whenever we cry.
"She really is a true inspiration to the people of this town and to us she is a wonderful daughter.
"The whole event tonight has been so strong and passionate, the room has been full of such great people with so many stories to tell and we are so pleased to be included in that.
"I would like to thank everyone who has put her name forward for these awards!
"We love her so much, we are so proud of her and we are just so happy to be here."
So if you know someone who has the Spirit of Tamworth then get nominating! Nominations close on December 31, 2017.
To put your nomination forward visit www.spiritoftamworth.co.uk or send your nominations to Herald reporter Nick Reid on email@example.com