Vote for the heroes in our communities

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Votes are now being taken for an annual awards ceremony which rewards people who have made a difference in their community.

The third Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) Love Where You Live Awards take place in October.

WDH bosses have now drawn up a shortlist for the ceremony which include 11 nominees from across the Five Towns.

Sarah Chatham, WDH’s resident involvement manager, said: “Many people work hard to make our district such a great place to live and our Love Where Your Live Awards honour the very best.

“It’s really important for you to come forward and cast your vote to ensure they receive the recognition they deserve.”

Award categories in this year’s awards include best neighbourhood, working with older people, working with younger people, green hero, young achiever, good neighbour and community group.

Featherstone and District War Memorial Garden Group snapped up the best neighbourhood award in the grand final last year and is nominated again this year.

Inspirational Knottingley pensioner Hazel Richardson was also recognised in 2013.

Mrs Richardson, who works with older people and set up a cold-calling control zone on Knottingley’s Warwick Estate and Hawthorne Avenue, where she lives, won the award for best neighbourhood in the regional heats.

Other nominees from the Five Towns this year include Zara McGuinness, Poxon Predators/Warwick Watchers, Martin Coleman and Friends of Fryston Woods. Steve Wright and Hazel Richardson, Barracks Community Association and Colin Hardwicke.