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OVER the last few years, our town's unsung heroes have been recognised thanks to the Proud of Barnsley Awards.

This year is no different.


The search is once again on to find people who make Barnsley a great place to live, work and visit.

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And we need your help.

Do you know anyone who goes above and beyond to help others? Perhaps you know someone who keeps a local park or green space tidy? Or a young person who is excelling in their chosen field?

Many of these people will believe they don't deserve any kind of recognition at all. But we disagree. So if you know someone who fits the bill, you need to nominate them.

This year's ceremony will once again be hosted by radio DJ Stephanie Hirst and former Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd.

There are 15 categories. These are:

  • Hospital Hero
  • Children’s Champion
  • Young Superstar
  • Community Hero
  • Sporting Achievement
  • Community Group
  • School of the Year
  • Triumph Over Adversity
  • Exceptional Achievement
  • Carer of the Year
  • Charity Fundraiser
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Love Where You Live
  • Charity Fundraising Team
  • Charity of the Year

During my time as the MP for Barnsley Central, I have met thousands of Barnsley residents – both young and old, from our schools, hospitals, local businesses, places of worship and community groups – and nearly all of them have one thing in common. Whatever our differences, whatever our political or personal views, we can all unite around our shared sense of pride for our Barnsley community.

The Proud of Barnsley awards are built on this shared pride and is why we launched the campaign in the first place. It is an opportunity to shine a light on those who really make a difference to our community, who go that little bit further to help others and contribute to the good of the town and our people.

By recognising these contributions, we hope that it will inspire others to step forward and continue their good work – as well as reminding all generations that nothing should prevent them from realising their aspirations.

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These are challenging economic times. Whatever commemtators say about the national picture, we know that here in Barnsley people are still finding it difficult to make ends meet. So the Proud of Barnsley awards provide us with an opportunity to highlight the positive work that is being done in our town, despite these difficulties. Our people have the grit, determination, imagination and ingenuity to overcome these obstacles and give something back to their community. This is what we will celebrate.

I am incredibly honoured to call Barnsley my home – it is a great place to live, work and raise a family. This past year saw the opening of the Experience Barnsley museum, which highlights our rich history and tradition, and reminds us all that Barnsley is a proud town.

Let's encourage everyone to join with us and the Barnsley Chronicle and get behind the Proud of Barnsley awards – once again showcasing our fantastic achievements to the world.

  • Dan Jarvis - MP for Barnsley Central
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