Nominations open for West Norfolk Mayor’s Civic Awards for Voluntary Service

The Mayor's Civic Awards for Voluntary Service. Presented by the Deputy Mayor of King's Lynn Colin Manning. ANL-150204-105144009

The Mayor's Civic Awards for Voluntary Service. Presented by the Deputy Mayor of King's Lynn Colin Manning. ANL-150204-105144009

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Nominations have been opened for the annual Mayor’s Civic Awards for Voluntary Service.

The awards, which began in 1995, are designed to celebrate the contribution made by people who volunteer their time to help others or to raise funds for local causes.

Borough mayor Colin Manning said: “My first contact with this award came last year when, as Deputy Mayor, I was involved in the judging. I was greatly impressed with the wide variety of volunteers who have done amazing work.

“We are so lucky here in West Norfolk to have these people who so freely give of their time and effort to enrich the lives of so many, and they do so without seeking any reward.

Over the last sixteen or so months I have met many of these volunteers and I know how important a job they fulfil.

“Without their commitment many groups and projects would fail and I do urge local people to make their nominations so that the borough can rightly recognise what these valuable volunteers mean to their community and give them a well deserved and official thank you.”

People can be nominated for an award if they live in West Norfolk and have provided voluntary service or raised funds for charity over several years.

Nominations can also be made for people who live outside the borough if they have helped organisations which are either based in or operate specifically within West Norfolk.

One of last year’s winners was Queenie Parker, from Castle Acre, who was honoured for her contribution to the village she has lived in for 75 years.

She said: “I initally wondered whether to accept the award, as to me, the work I do is just what I do every day. But I was honoured that the villagers of Castle Acre wanted to thank me, and words can’t express what it meant to me.

“The award ceremony was an impressive evening, and I look back on it as a wonderful memory; it was great to hear about the work the other nominees had done.

“If anyone is thinking about nominating someone they know for an award, they should do it, as anyone would be overjoyed to be recognised.”

Nomination forms are available on the borough council’s website, www.west-norfolk.gov.uk, by emailing civics.officer@west-norfolk.gov.uk or phoning 01553 762124.

Completed forms can be emailed to civics.officer@west-norfolk.gov.uk or posted to Civics Officer, King’s Lynn Town Hall, King’s Lynn, PE30 5DQ.

The closing date for nominations is Friday, January 15, 2016, and the awards ceremony will take place at Lynn’s town hall on March 30.