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Who are the real unsung heroes of Edinburgh? We need your help to find them as we launch the inaugural Local Hero Awards 2016.

Our awards will recognise the selfless and tireless work of so many caring individuals and organisations within our communities.

Perhaps you know someone who has displayed remarkable courage, a gutsy neighbour who has improved your area, a tireless charity fund-raiser or campaigner, a young sibling who has battled an illness, a dedicated careworker, or member of the emergency services who have gone beyond the call of duty to help others?

There are 13 different award categories for you to nominate and we are looking to find your local stars. They can be of any age and from any walk of life but the one thing they must be is an inspiration to others.

We invite you to nominate someone you know – who do you think is so inspiring they deserve a Local Hero Award?

It is free and easy to nominate. Simply visit the nominate section, read the category descriptions and complete and submit the entry form.

We will carefully consider every nomination and from a shortlist of finalists, our panel of distinguished judges will select the winners.