Nominate Diamond Champions in our community to meet royals
DO YOU know a Diamond Champion?
The Grimsby Telegraph has teamed up with The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and WRVS, as part of a campaign to seek out deserving older volunteers in our community.
To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, we are asking you to nominate unsung heroes over the age of 60, who make an extraordinary difference to our community by giving up their own time to help others.
As hosts of the North East Lincolnshire Volunteer Awards, we know that the Grimsby area is bursting with selfless people who deserve the chance to meet up with Prince Charles and Camilla during this special jubilee year.
Little Tots fun time!
Tuesday- Friday (term time) 9.30am-2.30pm
Activity time: 10.30am
Free tea/coffee + cup of squash with each tot.
Terms: Please ensure children are wearing old clothes as some activities may include 'messy time'
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Valid until: Thursday, October 31 2013
Unsung heroes like Dora Beales, who, at 87, is the current holder of our Older Volunteer award for her work with Goodwill Motorists over the past 50 years. We have put forward Dora, who was recently named as fifth in the Independent on Sunday's annual list of the 100 happiest people in the UK, as a "Diamond Champion" to start the search – now we want you to nominate yours.
Judges will pick 60 entries from each region to be presented with a specially-designed Diamond Champions badge and certificate at a local celebration event.
From the shortlist, 10 will then join 70 others at a royal residence to meet the royal couple, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, in the autumn.
In an interview for the Grimsby Telegraph, Prince Charles said: "We are both delighted to be patrons of the WRVS' national search for Diamond Champions.
"In this Diamond Jubilee year, we wanted to seek out and celebrate the contribution of the older generation who, often unsung and unnoticed, help to improve life for others in their communities.
"In supporting this Diamond Champions search, we hope that with your help we will be able to find those very special people who give so much to others and yet never ask for anything in return.
"It is these people who, by their acts of kindness and selfless giving, make a real difference to those less fortunate and who are, we believe, a vital part of what makes the United Kingdom a civilised and caring society.
"We both look forward to reading and hearing about your champions and to meeting at least some of them at a party later this year."
Telegraph editor Michelle Lalor said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be part of this campaign, and that The Prince Of Wales and Duchess Of Cornwall have come on board.
"There are so many wonderful older volunteers out there who deserve to be recognised in such a fantastic way as this.
"We are looking forward to reading about the amazing people who help to make our area the place that it is, and will feature many of them over the coming months."
An entry form can be found in today's Telegraph