REAL heroes often go unsung – from a Mirfield youngster with a rare illness to a Dewsbury pregnancy campaigner. As a result, former Dewsbury & Mirfield MP Simon Reevell set up an award which his successor Paula Sherriff is continuing.
Judges are now looking for nominations for the third annual Emley Award.
Miss Sherriff will be joined on the selection panel by Press editor David Bentley, Hannah Thaxter of The Reporter Series, Neil Atkinson of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner and Neil Moss of sponsors Arqiva.
The prize is a trip to the top of the Arquiva Tower, popularly known as the Emley Moor TV mast.
Nominees must be from the Dewsbury & Mirfield constituency and the closing date is Friday, July 31.
Anyone wishing to put forward a candidate should include their own contact details, including address, telephone number and email.
They should also give a short description of the nominee’s contribution to the local area.
Miss Sherriff said: “There are dozens of people who work tirelessly for their communities, often behind the scenes and without seeking reward or glamour.
“The Emleys give us the opportunity to acknowledge the contribution made by these outstanding individuals.”
Last year’s winner was Emma Brookhouse of Auntie Pam’s pregnancy advice service. She has counselled countless women since joining the service as a volunteer at their base on Northgate, Dewsbury, five years ago.
The inaugural winner was Harry Crowther, a teenager from Mirfield with a rare genetic disorder. Despite his difficulties he raised money for charities including the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London. Miss Sherriff added: “I’d like to thank Arqiva for their ongoing commitment and support.”
Nominations can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or posted to her constituency office at 30 Northgate, Dewsbury, WF13 1DX.