Nominate your unsung heroes NOW for a Press award!

THEY’RE back! The Dunfermline Press and Central Fife Times Community Champions Awards are returning and you can nominate those who make a difference in your community NOW.

This week sees the launch of the 2020 Awards, which will culminate in a fabulous awards night at the Glen Pavilion in Dunfermline on Friday, June 12.
The aim of the awards is to recognise, reward and celebrate the people who make our communities a better place.
And we’ve been doing just that since we first came up the idea to run the awards back in 2015.
We know there’s lots of bad news around and it’s our duty to report it.

But we are also passionate about being positive about the West Fife community and in terms of the Press Community Champions Awards, there’s only good-news stories.  Fife group editor Simon Harris said: “We believe in championing our communities and each year, these awards underline that we have a strong community that we can all be proud of.

“Who knows what stories of courage, tenacity, generosity and the overwhelming sense of community spirit found throughout West Fife we’ll uncover by running this year’s awards? What I am sure of is that there will be many, I’m looking forward to the Press bringing you the stories and honouring our community champions on June 12.”

For one night, our community champions from sport, business, charity, music, schools and everyday life will be able to swap their community cause for the limelight of the stage and deservedly take the plaudits for their achievements from those they have helped and benefited the most – the community of West Fife.

Now we want YOU to nominate a group or individual for a Press Community Champion Award. Once you have decided on your category or categories, just fill in our nomination form, giving us an idea of why your nominee deserves to win.

Visit http://newsquestscotlandevents.com/events/dunfcommchamp/ If you have any questions regarding the nomination process or require the form in a different format, contact Kirsty Loughlin on 0141 302616 or email: kirsty.loughlin@localiq.co.uk

Award categories:

Entrepreneurial Award
Celebrates a person or a business that has demonstrated a special entrepreneurial flair, and has used this passion to help grow their local community.
Champion Teacher of the Year
Everyone remembers their favourite teacher. This award recognises teachers who are bringing learning to life by engaging and inspiring all children and young people to fulfil their potential.

Community Champion of the Year
Rewarding a local individual, 18 years and upwards, who goes out of their way to help those around them. Someone whose actions are a force for good in the community and who we all benefit from making our community a better place.

Heart of Gold
Sponsored by Amazon
This award goes to someone who has made a contribution of outstanding significance to Dunfermline and West Fife. We will be recognising an adult whose actions, achievements, courage or bravery has touched the lives of others and made a difference. Someone special who truly has a heart of gold.

Charity Champion of the Year
When it comes to charity, Dunfermline and West Fife is as big-hearted as you can get. This award is for an individual or a group who have dedicated their energy into making a real difference.
Sporting Champion of the Year
For a local individual, team or club that is making an impact in local sport, either on the pitch or off it. Who is the beating heart of local sport?

Young Enterprise Champion
Sponsored by TechnipFMC
Recognises young people who have succeeded in starting a business, creating benefits for themselves and for their communities. This award celebrates the work accomplished by a young person or group demonstrating good business skills.

Youth Community Champion
Sponsored by Fife Council
We are looking for a group of young people or an individual up to the age of 17 who makes a significant contribution to their local community. They may have fundraised, campaigned on issues which are important to young people or helped others less fortunate. We know kids sometimes get a bad reputation. Tell us now about the kids whose heart is in the right place.

Little Champion of the Year
Sponsored by Canvas Holidays
To recognise an outstanding child aged 17 or under whose achievements, courage or bravery make your heart burst with pride.

Live Music Award
Sponsored by Bandrum Nursing Home
This award will go to a local singer, band or group who put their heart and soul into every performance, whose talent makes us all extremely proud. Our finalists will have the opportunity to perform live at the awards gala.

A word from our sponsors:

Amazon
Graham Allison, general manager at Amazon’s Dunfermline Fulfilment Centre, said: “I am delighted that, for the fourth consecutive year, Amazon is sponsoring the Dunfermline Press Community Champion Awards 2020. It’s a great chance to recognise and support our awesome community. In Dunfermline and West Fife, we have so many amazing people who work tirelessly and go above and beyond and these awards help recognise so many extraordinary people in our area.”

Fife Council
Gillian Taylor, community manager Dunfermline, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Youth Champion Award 2020 as we value the contribution that our young people make locally. Through our Local Community Planning Budgets across the three areas of West Fife, we are committed to financially supporting activities that provide opportunities for them to meet their full potential.”

TechnipFMC
Ewan Reed, director of manufacturing, TechnipFMC, said: “We sponsor the awards because we want to recognise young people with drive and celebrate their success. We have had a presence in this town since 1975 and we have grown in a large part because we have been able to recruit young talent that wants to succeed. We provide the opportunity and environment for young people who want to develop and achieve things for themselves. It makes perfect sense to sponsor an award that does the same.”
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Bandrum Nursing Home
Rachel Payne, managing director, said: “At Bandrum Nursing Home, being part of the local community for our residents and team is one of our priorities and we are delighted to support such a wonderful event as the Community Champions Awards. West Fife has so many wonderful people to celebrate.”

Canvas Holidays
“Canvas Holidays are proud to support the 2020 Community Champions Awards for the sixth year running. As a local family holiday company, we are delighted to be part of recognising exceptional young people in our community who have achieved so much. Each year, we are truly moved and inspired by those who are nominated.”

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