Citizen of the year 2014: tell us who gives you inspiration

Citizen of The Year Awards  Winners Rosemary Kirk and Barbara Moreton (dark hair) receive their award.  MHLC-29-09-13 Citizen Sep83 ENGNNL00120130110094951
Citizen of The Year Awards Winners Rosemary Kirk and Barbara Moreton (dark hair) receive their award. MHLC-29-09-13 Citizen Sep83 ENGNNL00120130110094951

Inspiration is theme as once again we go in search for local heroes worthy of being crowned Citizen of the Year 2014.

The Courier/Weekly News, the Brakes Trust - the independent supporters’ body for fans of Leamington FC - and sponsors Alsters Kelley solicitors are looking to reward those local people who really make a difference to our communities.

There are two categories in the Citizen of the Year - adult and under 16 - and we are now looking for your nominations for that person we can all take inspiration from. They can be from any walk of life: all we ask is that they live in Warwick district and have done good deeds to help others.

Nick Hallworth, secretary of awards organisers the Brakes Trust, said: “Inspirational is the theme for this year’s Citizen of the Year Awards, and it’s a word which sums up the whole project. Each year many nominations are received, and each and every one could be described as inspirational.

“We’ve had dedicated volunteers, tireless fundraisers, young carers, people working to help those who in need, and people working in community ventures. Now entering our fourth year, we’re looking forward to yet more fantastic nominations and another great Gala Ceremony.”

Cathy Wahlberg, operations and finance member from awards sponsors Alsters Kelley LLP said: “We are very proud to be sponsoring the 2014 Citizen of the Year Awards which is a great initiative for rewarding all of our unsung heroes in the local community.

“We are looking forward to partnering The Brakes Trust and being full involved with the whole campaign this year and would encourage people to think about who they could nominate whether it’s from a local sports club,school, care home or charity.”

And Courier/Weekly News editor Chris Lillington added: “Every year I get to hear of and meet some wonderful people doing some amazing things and I have no doubt this year will not be any different. If you know someone who makes a difference please nominate them and give them the recognition they deserve.”

You can find out more and make your nomination online by visiting or you can send your nominations to COTY, Courier/Weekly News, 32 Hamilton Terrace, Leamington, CV32 4LY.

Please explain in no more than 250 words why your nomination deserves the award and please include your name and a daytime contact number. Nominations close on September 1.

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards ceremony on Friday September 26, at a new venue, the Bridge House Theatre, Warwick School. The evening will be hosted by Dave Sharpe of BBC Coventry and Warwickshire and features live entertainment from Warwickshire Young Voices, Amy Thomas, Warwick School Band and Tom Barnwell. All profits from the event will be split equally between the Brakes Trust and the chosen charities, Macmillan and the Side by Side Theatre company.