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IF you want to show someone you are proud of them, nominate them today.

There are a few different ways to enter.

You can e-mail your nominations to - please include your name, address and phone number.

Please also include the name, address and phone number of the person you are nominating, the category you are nominating them in and why.

Alternatively you can fill out the online entry form.

Paper copies of the entry form can be picked up in the Barnsley Chronicle reception and electronic copies of the form can be e-mailed out upon request.

Please ask the person/group for permission to nominate them for an award before putting them forward.

Stephanie Hirst

OVER the last four years, Proud of Barnsley has celebrated the great and the good of our town.

Heading towards the 5th annual awards ceremony, the Chronicle is once again giving you the chance to nominate the town's unsung heroes.

Last year's glitzy award ceremony saw Graham and Lesley Wilmot named carers of the year.

Their son Gareth was just 36 when he was diagnosed with fronto-temporal dementia with Pick's Disease. He has 24-hour care and has lost the ability to speak and concentrate.

Graham and Lesley have done everything in their power to highlight the fact the disease can strike anyone at any time.

Then there was Bronia Warden who, for 14 years, helped people become more active through her Healthy Bones class. Her chair-based exercises have helped everyone, including the elderly, people with learning disabilities and those recovering from illness.

And who could forget Dr Selina Wray, who won the exceptional achievement category, for her groundbreaking research into dementia treatments. Dr Wray and her co-investigators were awarded £900,000 and developed a way to recreate the build-up of the hallmark dementia protein 'tau' in cells. They then scaled up this experiment to screen for drugs to stop the 'tau' build up.

These are just three of our town's unsung heroes who were recognised last year.

None of the nominees, finalists or winners see what they do as worthy of winning an award.

They do what they do to help others, because they love what they do, and because it means something to them.

But those who nominated them for awards, believe they should be recognised.

This year's ceremony will once again be hosted by radio DJ Stephanie Hirst and former BBC Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd.

Stephanie, of Dodworth, said: “It will both an honour and a true privilege to share the stage with such wonderfully inspiring people from our town once again.

“Every year the event has a huge emotional impact on everyone who hears and reads the stories about those individuals who either overcome adversity or go above and beyond to make a difference. If you know someone worthy of special praise, please nominate them.”

Proud of Barnsley was launched by the Chronicle and Dan Jarvis in 2012 to inspire all generations to contribute to the good of the town and its people.

There are 14 categories: Young Superstar, School of the Year, Children's Champion, Carer of the Year, Start-up of the Year, Community Group, Hospital Hero, Community Hero, Triumph Over Adversity, Sporting Achievement, Love Where You Live, Charity Fundraiser, Volunteer of the Year and Exceptional Achievement.

* This year there is an additional category - The Charity Fundraising Team. Do you know a team or group of people who have collectively come together to raise money for charity? If so, nominate them today.