Show us how proud you are

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WITH just five days to go until the Citizen’s Pride in Milton Keynes Awards ceremony, it is now YOUR chance to do our fantastic entrants proud.

From today you can vote for the person you think should win our coveted People’s Choice Award. We have a worthy line-up of contenders so we know it’s not going to be easy to choose.

For already we realise that every single person who has been nominated is a very special unsung hero worthy of your recognition and praise.

They are all ordinary people with extraordinary attributes, whether it be bravery, selflessness, community spirit or the dedication to work tirelessley to improve the lives of others.

Normally these people receive no praise or thanks but, as your local newspaper, we firmly believe it is our job to spotlight and celebrate their achievements.

Sometimes people complain that newspapers only report the bad things in life.

But we believe that nothing could be better news than the Pride awards, which have now become such an important event in the calendar of our city.

Sponsored by Costa, this is the sixth award ceremony. And we are relying on you, our readers, to make it the biggest and best ever.

The big night is next Tuesday, November 29, at stadium:mk. Returning to present the awards again this year is actor Adam Woodyatt, EastEnders’ very own Ian Beale.

There are 10 categories and each is sponsored by a prominent local company or organisation.

These categories are:

> Child of Courage, sponsored by Textbook creative.

> Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by the Volunteer Centre.

> Young Achiever, sponsored by Marshalls Amps.

> Service with a smile, sponsored by centre:mk

>Community Project of the Year, sponsored by MK Council.

> Making Milton Keynes Safer Award, sponsored by MK Council.> Adult Achiever Award, sponsored by Extra Care.

> Community Company of the Year, sponsored by Web Office Systems.

> Excellence in Education Award, sponsored by Textbook creative.

> People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Premier Newspapers.

The final category was won last year by magnificent Jayne Dunn, who is a PE teacher at Lord Grey School and a netball coach at MK Netters.

You voted for Jayne because she has so much time for so many children. She organises a multitude of out of school events in all sorts of sports and she has also steered many young people into becoming leaders in their chosen field.

But nobody would know about people like Jayne unless you nominate them – and you vote for them.

Votes can be taken by text. Simply text and tell us the category and name of the person you would like to win. Texts cost 50p.

Alternatively you can send us your vote by post or drop it into the Citizen offices at Auckland Park, Mount Farm, Bletchley.

> Full entry details on page 16