Published: 07/03/2018 08:55 - Updated: 06/03/2018 12:05

Time to vote for your champions

Moray Community Awards 2018
Dr Featherstone (right) astounded at the announcement of the Ultimate Champion Award last year.

THERE'S just days left to nominate someone you feel goes above and beyond to help others in the area.

The Moray Community Awards 2018 will take place in April, celebrating those who go that extra mile across our towns and villages.

Awards chairman Gordon Methven is urging readers to shed the spotlight on the area's unsung heroes to show them they are appreciated.

He said: "The best thing about the awards is when you see the look on people's faces when they get one.

"There are a lot of tears and a lot of emotion, but it is very positive.

"Our idea was to improve community spirit and the awards definitely do that. "There was one lady who didn't think a lot of herself, but since winning an award her self esteem has gone up immeasurably.

"It is just really nice for folk to know that other people appreciate them and are grateful for what they do."

Last year's Ultimate Champion will be among those speaking at this year's ceremony. Retired GP, Dr Cornelia Featherstone, from Findhorn, was "hugely honoured" to win the title. According to her nominee, she has never stopped helping the community and never stopped caring. As well as holding voluntary roles on charities like Trees for Life and the Park Eco Village Trust, she set up a helpline for community care, as well as motivating others to help break the loneliness of older people by instigating visits for those in residential care.

In addition, she has designed and delivered educational workshops for older people, held coffee mornings, and established a movie club for older people.

Cornelia said: "The awards help provide a feeling of belonging and people feeling valued, and the community is a better place because of that.

"When I got the award I was absolutely bowled me over.

"Knowing that someone could be bothered enough to nominate me was awesome."

Cornelia believes the initiative sheds a spotlight on the myriad of good things taking place across the area.

She said: "On the evening, I saw 50 plus people being mentioned for their phenomenal contributions to the local community.

"Some of the things were relatively small but they made a huge difference to their street, neighbourhood or community."

To nominate, go to www.moraycommunityawards.co.uk/nominate or pick up an application form from tsiMoray, 30-32 High Street, Elgin or The Northern Scot offices in South Street.

Nominations close on Friday, March 9 and the winners will be announced at the Alexander Graham Bell Centre at Moray College UHI on Friday, April 27.

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