DO you know a hardworking healthcare worker or someone working in a public sector job who deserves to be recognised for their dedication and enthusiasm?

Outstanding individuals who make a difference to the lives of other people are set to be honoured at this year's York Community Pride Awards.

Judges are looking for carers, nurses, doctors and other people who go the extra mile to help their patients as worthy nominees for the Health Service Hero category.

Last year's winner was Catherine Gascoyne, a hospital waiting list co-ordinator for 19 years. But she has worked at York Hospital for nearly 30 years, having previously worked in the pathology department as a clerical officer.

In nominating her, a patient said she is “kind, calm and efficient, and always goes the extra mile to ensure that patients’ needs are met.” She is also described as a “shining example of how the NHS should operate.”

The judges said Catherine goes “above and beyond” to help people.

At last year's award ceremony, Catherine commented: “It means a lot. I’m quite shocked I have won.”

The Community Pride Awards aim to honour people across the city who go above and beyond for others. They are a celebration of special individuals and groups whose sterling work marks them as true champions of the place where we live and work.

Carer Lisa Dillon is one of the nominees for this year's awards after her clients and their families praised her for "always putting others before herself".

Lisa, 37, said she had initially wanted to work in a nursery but found her vocation working at a care home.

The principal sponsor of the awards is York-based healthcare company Benenden Health. Nominations for the Community Pride Awards are now open and nominees must live in, or contribute to the community within the City of York Council area. Three finalists from each category will be invited to the awards ceremony at York Racecourse in October, when the winners will be revealed. Entries can be posted to York Community Pride Awards, The Press, 84-86 Walmgate, York YO1 9YN. Or submit your nomination online at

The closing date for entries is Friday, July 27. Nominations must include a supporting statement with each entry and may include a photograph, which unfortunately we will be unable to return.