2013 York Community Pride awards launched

The 2012 Community Pride finalists gather on stage at last year’s ceremony at York Racecourse

Community Pride 2012 Person Of The Year Graham Bradbury at last year’s awards ceremony

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It’s hard to believe it, but this year is the tenth year of the Community Pride awards, our annual search for the people who make York a better place to be.

Since 2004, The Press and the City of York Council have been seeking to honour the unsung heroes of this city, who go to remarkable lengths to make a difference, without thought for personal recognition or reward.

They are people who have been an example to their peers, who have gone the extra mile, who have shown courage in adversity or who have made huge personal efforts to benefit others in our city.

People like Graham Bradbury, who was chosen as Person Of The Year last year for his outstanding community efforts.

He has raised an estimated £100,000 for charity through many events including the annual community carol concert and 2011's John Barry tribute concert.

Or people like Peter Lawrence, whose daughter, Claudia, disappeared in 2009, and who has led a campaign to make it easier for those dealing with a missing person’s estate.

The people we are looking for are not usually motivated by the limelight, but nevertheless a nomination could mean the world to them by demonstrating how much they are appreciated.

There are categories to honour children and young people, teachers, schools, charity fundraisers, parents, community projects, volunteers, those who provide service with a smile and sports, health service and public sector heroes.

And from today, you can let your heroes know just what their work means by sending in your nominations for The Press's 2013 Community Pride Awards.

The organisers are delighted that once again the principal sponsor for the awards is Benenden Health, the York-based healthcare organisation. Other sponsors so far include Nestlé, Drax Power Limited, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Aviva, Clifton Park Hospital, York Racecourse, Yorwaste and Barnitts.

Steve Hughes, managing editor of The Press, said: "The Community Pride awards hold a special place in the hearts of the people of York as an opportunity to thank all those unsung heroes who do so much to help others and make our city the great place that it is.

“It's always a great event and I look forward to the inspiring stories that will emerge from the entries in the next few months."

All nominees must live in, or contribute to life in, the City of York Council area. The finalists will be invited to a prestigious awards ceremony in October.

You are free to nominate people for any category but the judges may move nominations to different categories if it is thought they better reflect the work they have done.

To make a nomination, complete the online form before Friday, July 19.

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