MP Jonathan Reynolds has backed a Tameside-wide search to recognise the contribution made by the unsung heroes of our communities.
Hyde’s Clarendon Square Shopping Centre, in conjunction with the Tameside Reporter, launched the competition two weeks ago.
And they say they are looking to identify those kind, caring and thoughtful people who live amongst us and make a difference.
Backing the campaign Stalybridge and Hyde Mp Jonathan Reynolds said: "Our communities in Tameside are stronger because of the incredible contribution that is made by the army of people who go the extra mile to help others.
"There are significant numbers of people who give up their free time to support Tameside’s many charities – and there are many more who go well beyond the requirements of their job to make sure the people in our communities receive the best levels of support.
"Whether teachers, carers or members of our armed forces, these people truly are the heroes of our communities.
"For the most part these outstanding contributions are made quietly and without fuss, so I am delighted that Clarendon Square Shopping Centre and the Tameside Reporter are seeking to publicly recognise their dedication of people in this way.
"Volunteering not only makes a significant difference but it can be extremely rewarding – and I hope that shining a light on these selfless and dedicated heroes will inspire others to play an active role in their communities."
The competition has four categories: Community Champion, for the person who is always the first to volunteer their skills and services and the last to give up fighting for their community; Teacher, for the teacher who is admired, respected and is there for their pupils even after the school bell; Emergency Services, for the nurse, paramedic, fireman or police officer who goes above and beyond the call of duty; and Young hero, for the young person, aged up to 16, whose actions are a shining example to their peer group.
There is a total prize fund of £300, which will be shared between the winners.The nominations should include a 100-word description of the person being nominated and why they deserve the award together with full contact details, including address, telephone number and preferably an email address.
Entries should be sent to Claire Garner by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01244 680385. Entries must be received before Thursday 22 November.