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The Great Big Thank You Awards 2017: Chance to honour your unsung heroes

Nominations have been coming in for our Great Big Thank You Awards.

X Factor star Joe Whelan with comedy group The Fizzogs at last year's event

But we want to hear more about the Black Country and Staffordshire’s local heroes.

Do you know someone who has overcome a hard time to make a fresh start? They may have faced social issues or personal crises, either financial, medical, family or at work.

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Whatever life has thrown at this individual, they will not only have survived but now be making a positive contribution to their local community in some way, however small. If this sounds like someone in your life then please nominate them for our new Fresh Start Award.

This time around we have also launched our Learner Award. This is someone who has overcome obstacles and moved their life forward, an achiever who has learned new skills and developed their knowledge in their chosen field. They may have gained a formal qualification, so opening the door to a fresh opportunity or use their new-found skills to help others.

Now the A-level results are out, it may be a good time to say ‘thank you’ to a teacher who inspires their pupils, encourages them to enjoy learning and does whatever they can to help them achieve their potential.

There are eight awards up for grabs in total: Ambassador of the Year, Young Star of the Year, Community Champions, Fresh Start Award, Fundraiser of the Year, Learner Award, Teacher of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Last year nominees enjoyed recognition as well as an evening at the Molineux with big names including Steve Bull MBE, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Connie Talbot, X Factor’s Joe Whelan, The Fizzogs, sports commentator Jacqui Oatley MBE and The Voice Star Megan Reece.

The Express & Star, working with our sponsor partners, will shine the spotlight on the people and organisations that bind our community together.

Here's where to nominate. If you need help, call 01902 319360. Nominations close 12 noon on Monday.