What have you done to make us all feel proud?

Pride In MK Awards 2011
Pride In MK Awards 2011

MILTON Keynes is a proud city – proud of its people, proud of its diversity, proud of its community spirit and proud of its many achievements.

In fact Pride in Milton Keynes is something that the Citizen feels should be celebrated and every year success stories are something the Citizen recognises and rewards.

This week the Citizen launches its successful Pride in Milton Keynes Awards which celebrate all that is good about the city and its people.

The awards focus on all the positives of living in a forward thinking city such as Milton Keynes, and we celebrate the huge number of special people and groups who have gone out of their way to make their community a better place.

They might be unsung heroes or people who have had a positive impact on the community. They might be young people making a difference with their energy and enthusiasm or people who have put in years of support and care.

The aim of the awards is to recognise those who give their time selflessly to help others and make a difference. We believe people like that, and there many of you, deserve to be honoured for their work and we are calling on readers to let us know just how great they are.

We’re looking for nominations in 10 categories, all backed by prominent local companies and organisations, so that we can salute as many Milton Keynes heroes as we can.

Lots of people complain that newspapers only report the negative things in life. That’s never been true of the Citizen and its sister paper Citizen First and it’s one reason why we continue to make Pride an important date in the area’s calendar.

The seventh annual Pride Awards, supported by headline sponsors Costa and Stanair, will take place in October at the Doubletree Hilton at stadium:mk and will showcase ordinary people with extraordinary community spirit, great bravery and those who work tirelessly to improve the lives of others.

Readers have until the end of August to let us know who deserves to win one of our Pride awards. You can nominate someone else, you can nominate yourself – but we want you to give the judges a difficult task by making a case for as many of our shining stars as you can.

The entry process is simple. Details of what the judges will be looking for are available on the Milton Keynes Citizen website.

Alternatively post entries to Pride in Milton Keynes, c/o Newspaper House, Ise Park, Kettering, NN16 8GA.

Please give the judges as much information as possible to help them make up their minds.

The awards will be presented at a special ceremony taking place at the Hilton Doubletree on Thursday, October 4 with Nitin Ganatra of EastEnders fame acting as host for the evening.

> For more information call 01536 356902.

> Visit our special Pride page for all the latest on the awards.