Local Hero awards: Search on for champion of health issues

Prof Mike Dixon receives his award last year. Picture: Scott Louden

Prof Mike Dixon receives his award last year. Picture: Scott Louden

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IT’S the perfect way to honour someone who has stood up for a worthwhile cause or inspired others.

Maybe they’ve never been considered a hero before, but use every last bit of energy to ensure their daily duties are completed to the highest possible standard.

Now, it’s time to give these hard-working residents the recognition they deserve, and nominate them for an accolade at this year’s Local Hero Awards.

Euan McGrory, deputy editor of the Edinburgh Evening News, said: “There is no shortage of unsung heroes living in and around Edinburgh. In every area of life and in every community, there are people who go the extra mile day after day to help make Edinburgh and the Lothians the fantastic place it is.

“This is the chance to honour them.”

Professor Mike Dixon, a surgeon at the Edinburgh Breast Unit at the Western General Hospital, was overwhelmed when he won last year’s Health Champion of the year.

In this category, judges are looking to award someone who has improved people’s health or made an impact to the quality of their life.

They may work in the NHS or health care industry providing a service above and beyond the call of duty – taking personal responsibility for a person’s wellbeing. Or perhaps they are a champion for health and well-being issues, healthy lifestyles and exercise in the community.

Professor Dixon believes that receptionists, cleaners, and other staff are just as eligible for this award as the doctors and nurses that serve on the frontline.

He said: “Patients at hospitals and doctors surgeries come into contact with a lot of people – not just those that are operating on them or giving them a check-up.

“Cleaners, receptionists and other staff that have worked in these places for years deserve to be recognised too as they are incredibly important.”

The Evening News is also looking to award a new Contribution to Local Sport winner.

Last year, Craig Fraser from Sighthill took home the accolade, after he impressed the judges with his dedication to the Forrester Rugby Club and his ability to encourage others to take part in sport.

Mr Fraser said: “I couldn’t believe it when I won the award, it was an amazing boost and it was great to meet so many other inspirational people from across the city.”

To be in with a chance of winning this category, the judges are looking for someone who has made an outstanding contribution to local sport and physical activity, over a number of years.

This year’s winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony in the Assembly Rooms on George Street, on Friday, May 27. The final day to nominate someone for an award is Wednesday, April 27 – so it’s time to get those recommendations in.

HOW TO NOMINATE

The Local Hero awards are open to anyone who lives in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 27 at the Assembly Rooms.

The easiest way to nominate someone is at www.localheroesedin.co.uk.

This dedicated website will allow you to choose which category you wish to enter, as well as allowing you to tell us about your nominee.

If you would prefer to enter by post, send your entry to Edinburgh Evening News, The Local Hero Awards, Orchard Brae House, 30 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh, EH4 2HS.

Entry forms are available in today’s paper on page 12.

Entries must include your name, address, and telephone number.

Please make it clear which category you wish to enter your nominee for and explain why you think they deserve to win. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday, April 27.

courtney.cameron@jpress.co.uk