Nominate your local hero for the Pride of Britain Awards 2013
This year ITV News Westcountry is once again joining forces with the Daily Mirror to find the individual you think deserves to be crowned our Local Hero 2013. We're looking for people who go the extra mile to be a real force for good in their neighbourhood.
They could be volunteers or professionals who go way above and beyond the call of duty - they're the people you just want to say a big 'thank-you' to and to showcase their story on ITV.
If you know someone who deserves that unique recognition, you can nominate them here.
You can also pick up a nomination form at Lidl stores.
The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain team of researchers consider every nomination sent in. Then, from a shortlist of finalists, our panel of distinguished judges will select regional finalists to go forward for the national awards. The awards categories are:
ITV Local Hero of the Year
To recognise an individual who has improved the lives of those around them in their community. For full ITV Local Hero terms and conditions which apply go to itv.com/terms
Fundraiser of The Year
To recognise a tireless charity fundraiser. Open to all over 16.
To recognise an individual who has put themselves in danger to help or save the life of another.
Child or Teenager of Courage
To recognise a child or teenager whose has put themselves in danger to help or save the life of another or has battled against the odds.
Lidl's Young Fundraiser of the Year
To recognise a child or teenager, under the age of 16, who has gone beyond all expectations to raise money for a good cause, however large or small the amount.
Daybreak Emergency Services
To recognise a member or members of the police, fire, ambulance, coastguard, mountain and sea rescue services who have gone beyond the call of duty.
To recognise a truly inspiring teacher in primary or secondary education.
Please give the name of your parent/guardian if you are under 18.
To recognise an individual whose achievements have been far-reaching, possibly on a national or international level.
To recognise individuals who the judging panel consider to be Pride of Britain, but whose achievements do not fit into other categories. Examples include inspiring campaigners, members of the armed forces who have helped others, carers and volunteers.
If you are under 18, please make sure you have your parent or guardian permission. If your nominee is under 18, please make sure you have their parent or guardian's permission. Please go to the nomnaton page_ _via this link
Nominations must be received by midnight on Friday 16th August 2013 to be considered for Pride of Britain 2013. All nominations received after that date will be considered for Pride of Britain 2014. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
A star-studded gala last night saw some of the region's most inspiring citizens recognised at the Pride of Britain Awards.
Among them was seven year old Ramona Gibbs from Bristol who saved her sister Trixie from certain death.
Meanwhile Flo and Jim Essex, from Yeovil, were named fund-raisers of the year. The couple, who are in their eighties, have raised thousands of pounds for charity by running, swimming and even laying down on a bed of nails, all in aid of great causes.
Daisy Gray has more:
And you can see Ramona, Flo and Jim receiving their awards on ITV1 tonight at 8pm.