BRIDLINGTON residents have been encouraged to nominate someone who is deserving of a prestigious East Riding of Yorkshire Council chairman’s award.
The awards, now in their fourteenth year, are presented to individuals, companies and organisations in the East Riding in recognition of their achievements in enhancing their local area.
This year, the chairman of the council is Bridlington south Councillor Chad Chadwick, and he will present awards to lucky nominees at Bridlington Spa in May.
Coun Chadwick said: “I am delighted that the council is able to support the Chairman’s Awards for another year.
“It is important that we recognise the tireless work that is being undertaken in our local communities by numerous volunteers and also the endless contribution that local business and organisations make on a daily basis to ensure that the future is a safe and secure place for future generations to come.”
The awards are split into five categories: community; built heritage; environment; business; and sport.
The community category recognises groups and individuals who work tirelessly to help others in the community with a non-commercial project.
Built heritage celebrates private homes and business premises that have been sympathetically renovated and restored to retain the character of the East Riding.
The environment category is for those who have improved the environment or area where they live. This includes reducing waste, addressing litter problems or creating and enhancing wildlife habitats.
The business award recognises companies which have helped the economy flourish. This can be through recent expansion, the creation of new jobs or investing in the training of employees and the area.
The sport category has three categories – junior volunteer, talented performer and service to sport and play.
People in Bridlington can submit a nomination for the Chairman’s Awards by visiting www.eastriding.gov.uk/chairmansawards or by calling Sarah Asquith, civic officer on (01482) 393260. The closing date for nominations is February 11.
In 2012, Bridlington charity The Kingfisher Trust – who help the homeless in the town – picked up the group community award from previous chair Coun Kay West.
Upon accepting the award last year, Dave Cooper, chairman of the Kingfisher Trust, said: “When we think back to where we were 12 months ago it’s an honour to win this award.
“We are very proud and pleased for all the volunteers who help us feed people who are homeless and less fortunate than us.”