Nominate your unsung hero for the Local Hero Awards

Elizabeth McLeod and I was nominated and subsequently won the award for Neighbour of the Year 2016. Picture' Ian Georgeson
Elizabeth McLeod and I was nominated and subsequently won the award for Neighbour of the Year 2016. Picture' Ian Georgeson
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THEY work tirelessly everyday without the recognition they deserve.

Whether it’s a carer who has made a personal sacrifice to attend to the needs of others, or a neighbour that’s gone above and beyond the call of duty, now is your chance to nominate them for an accolade at the Local Hero Awards 2017.

This week, Evening News readers are being invited to nominate a School of the Year, as well as a Carer of the Year and Neighbour of the Year.

The glittering event, sponsored by Farmer Autocare, 
will take place on Friday May 12 at the Assembly Rooms on George Street, where over 300 people will gather to watch the winners pick up their prizes.

Euan McGrory, deputy editor of the Edinburgh Evening News, said: “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.”

Last year, generous Elizabeth McLeod, 70, scooped the Neighbour of the Year award.

In this category, judges are looking for someone who “gives their time to someone who needs company, support and acts selflessly towards making a neighbour’s life more pleasant.”

After giving up several hours of her time each day to care for an elderly neighbour with dementia, Elizabeth, of East Craigs, was shocked when she was crowned the winner.

She said: “I was very humbled to win such a prestigious award. Unfortunately when I found out I’d made the shortlist, I already had plans for the evening so I couldn’t go. I never thought for a minute I’d win.

“Linda, the lady who’d nominated me, went in my place and I couldn’t believe it when she texted me to say I’d won.

“The Evening News then brought my award out to my house.”

She added: “I’ve always enjoyed helping out in the community.

“It was lovely to be recognised but I couldn’t have walked past my neighbour’s door everyday without helping her when I knew she needed it.

“It’s just in my nature but I’m still extremely honoured.”

Cammy Day, education convener for the city council, showed his support for the School of the Year category.

He said: “We have a wealth of talented teachers and dedicated staff working in our schools who go the extra mile for their pupils.

“They really inspire our young learners so I would urge parents, pupils and school communities to come forward and nominate their school in the ‘School of the Year’ category.”

To nominate your local hero, buy tickets for the event or find out more visit www.localheroesedin.co.uk

The closing date for all entries is Friday April 10 and a form for postal entries is below.

courtney.cameron@jpress.co.uk