The call has gone out for the community to put forward its unsung heroes as part of the annual Town Awards. The awards, now in their seventh year, celebrate the contributions of individuals, businesses and community groups to the wider Knutsford community.
The awards, which have been sponsored by the Knutsford based Forum of Private Business since inception, will be presented on Monday 27th April at Knutsford Academy.
Ian Cass, managing director of the Forum of Private Business said “The Forum of Private business are delighted to be sponsoring the Knutsford Town Awards again this year, we have been based in Knutsford and part of this wonderful community for over 40 years and it’s a pleasure to be able to give something back to support the wonderful individuals and businesses who contribute so much to the town”
Seven awards are presented and award organisers Knutsford Town Council urge the community to submit nominations with Town Mayor, Cllr Andrew Malloy saying “The awards are an ideal opportunity to recognise unsung heroes, those who go above and beyond to support our local community, whether an individual, community group or business, young or old, send us your nominations, give us as much information about the nominee as you can, let’s reward those who truly deserve it.”
The Town Council is looking for nominations in the following categories:
Civic Award –presented to individuals who give their time voluntarily to undertake work in the community.
Business Award – recognises a business which has supported or worked with the community.
Youth Award – presented to someone aged 21 or under who is giving their time to support the community
Community Award – for a voluntary organisation delivering a service to the community
Nominations to the 2019 awards inspired a new category open for nominations in 2020, the Extra Mile Award which last year went to Knutsford Town Ranger Bob Garner, will be presented to given to someone who as part of their paid job is going above and beyond to the benefit of the community.
Nominations should be accompanied by a short explanation of why an award is deserved which helps the panel decide who the award should go to.
Also new for 2020 will be the Knutsford Schools’ Sustainability Award. Children are encouraging local businesses to make 2020 the year they reduce plastic and boost their green credentials and have launched the sustainability award for businesses which have made a significant contribution to making Knutsford ‘plastic free’. The award will be decided by the new Knutsford and District Youth Council.
Alison Hooper, Head of Egerton Primary School and coordinator of this award said “Our children were amazed by the fact that in weight there is more plastic than fish in the sea, so they decided that the Youth Council number one priority was to try and make Knutsford plastic-free. They believe that together we can make a difference.’
Businesses are encouraged to put themselves forward for this award by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and demonstrate just three things that they have done to reduce plastic use in their business, how it has made an impact, and what their plans are for the future.