Roll out the red carpet for your local heroes in the WHT Community Awards

PUBLISHED: 08:49 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:08 17 May 2018

Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards 2017. Picture credit: Cathy Benucci Photography.

Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards 2017. Picture credit: Cathy Benucci Photography.

©2016 Cathy Benucci Photography

Mo Salah is busy celebrating his Player of the Year Award and no doubt Gary Oldman is polishing his Oscar for Best Actor, but you probably know someone in Welwyn Hatfield or Potters Bar who deserves a place in the spotlight.

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The Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards rolls out the red carpet for the people making a difference in your life.

With a nominations deadline of June 15, the categories are: Carer of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Good Neighbour, Role Model of the Year, Charity Champion, School of the Year, Service to the Community, Valiant Volunteer, Parent in a Million and Young Achiever.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times Role Model of 2017 was Chris Welsh, fire officer and watch commander at Hatfield Fire Station.

Chris went above and beyond in his job after he noticed a connection between unsafe garages that are prone to fire, and places where rough sleepers take shelter.

He took action after a rough sleeper was killed in a garage fire, starting a project to reduce the danger and organising “rough sleeper” kits given out as part of a coordinated scheme to connect people up to essential services.

There’s no blessing quite like a good neighbour, and Dean Botham couldn’t have been more grateful to have Dawn Mahood living nearby.

She was named Good Neighbour of the Year in 2017 after her CPR skills saved Dean’s life.

There are also people who seem to have always ‘been there’, constantly leading and supporting the community in the long term - and this is where the Lifetime Achievement award comes in.

Last year, the award was given to Ian Sparks for his work in the emergency services.

As well as working as a Special Constable and with the ambulance, he also has volunteered for the St John Ambulance and Herts Fire and Rescue Service.

But some people start making an impact from a very young age.

Last year’s Carers of the Year had a combined age of 18.

Niamh Bateman, then 11, and seven-year-old Tia Catlin, both show immense maturity by helping care for family members with disabilities.

To nominate in any of the above categories, see

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