IT’S time to celebrate all that is great and good about our town and show you are Proud of Barnsley.
The Chronicle is launching the Proud of Barnsley awards 2015, giving you the chance to nominate the town’s unsung heroes.
At a glitzy ceremony last year, schoolgirl Ellie Taylor was crowned Young Superstar after leading her family to safety when fire broke out at their Oakwell home.
Young florist Stephanie Tue won the Business Start-Up award - she had opened two florists and won an award at the Chelsea Flower Show - all by the age of 20 - and Keith Binney, who has been involved in athletics for more than 40 years, was named Volunteer of the Year.
These are just some of the worthy winners from last year.
This year’s ceremony will once again be presented by radio DJ Stephanie Hirst and former BBC Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd.
Christa said: “It’s quite difficult to put into words the strength and commitment of the people of Barnsley. I’ve always recognised Barnsley as one of the most heart and soul places that look after its own and has a sense of pride.
“When you saw story after story of the incredible achievement, often against the odds, you realise that every single one of these stories could win a national award.
“It was moving, but not sad. It was inspirational and it made me think a lot and made me proud.
“Last year’s stories were incredible, and I want to make the event this year even more heart-warming. But I can only do that if people come forward and tell us of people they know and admire. I know it’s going to be fantastic.”
Proud of Barnsley was launched by the Chronicle and Dan Jarvis three years ago to inspire all generations to contribute to the good of the town and its people.
There are 13 categories: Hospital Hero, Children’s Champion, Young Superstar, Community Hero, Sporting Achievement, Start-Up Of The Year, Community Group, School of the Year, Triumph Over Adversity, Exceptional Achievement, Carer of the Year, Charity Fundraiser and Volunteer of the Year.
None of last year’s nominees, finalists or winners see what they do as worthy of winning an award and don’t consider what they do to be anything out of the ordinary. Those who nominated them disagreed.