The pride of Hastings gets set for awards

Hastings Achievers Awards 2011, St Mary-In-The-Castle, Hastings.'13.10.11.'Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY'SERVICE WITH A SMILE: 'Winner: Day Hospital at St Anne's Centre'Presented by: John Hough of Priory Meadow'Sponsored by: Priory Meadow

Hastings Achievers Awards 2011, St Mary-In-The-Castle, Hastings.'13.10.11.'Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY'SERVICE WITH A SMILE: 'Winner: Day Hospital at St Anne's Centre'Presented by: John Hough of Priory Meadow'Sponsored by: Priory Meadow

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THE PRIDE of our town will receive recognition for their hard work and commitment to the community when the annual Hastings Achievers Awards takes place this autumn.

The event honours those members of the local community who help to make life worthwhile.

The good neighbours, courageous citizens, outstanding charities and many more people who make Hastings such an exceptional place and improve quality of life for everyone.

The Achievers Awards will take place on October 10 at Sussex Coast College in Hastings and is free to attend.

And in case you are thinking ‘I don’t know anyone who I could nominate, think again! There is a category for every kind of ‘local hero’. Do you know someone who is exceptional? Can you imagine how thrilled they would be, receiving well-deserved applause and coming forward to accept an award in recognition of all they do for other people or for their community?

Each year, the Hastings Achievers Awards sets out to recognise local heroes - and heroines - from all walks of life. These are the people who work day in, day out, helping to make a difference to the lives of others. Often, ‘local heroes’ are the kind of individuals - or the kind of clubs of societies -who work quietly in the background, and don’t demand any attention for themselves. It’s for this very reason that they deserve recognition.

Entries for the Hastings Achievers Awards are easy to complete.

Entry is free and tickets for the award ceremony itself are also free.

An exciting and uplifting evening, the celebration will highlight instances of courage, commitment and kindness as well as examples of outstanding professionalism, exceptional customer service and real concern for the environment.

Who is eligible? This year, the categories under which you can nominate are: Carer of the Year, Person of Courage, Pet Carer of the Year, Best Sports Team, Young Sports Person of the Year, Sports Personality of the Year, the Environment Award, Best Community Group, Services to Education, Service with a Smile, Charity of the Year, Resident of the Year, the Building Bridges Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. To date, sponsors for this exciting event are Hastings Borough Council, 1066 Country, Southern Water, Sussex Coast College, Priory Meadow, and Fleur de Lyn. Other sponsors will soon be announced, if you wish to sponsor a category call Faiza Shafeek on 01323 414493. To download entry forms, visit our website www.sussexnewspapereventseast.com/HastAchievers.

For more information contact Faiza Shafeek on 01323 414493 or email: faiza.shafeek@jpress.co.uk.