ENTRIES to Brockenhurst’s first Citizen of the Year awards have been encouraging, organisers say, but the category for young people needs a boost.
Brockenhurst Village Trust is behind the awards, which are looking to honour people in the village who go the extra mile for the community.
It features three categories: the Brockenhurst Neighbour or Friend of the Year, Contribution to Brockenhurst Life and Young Person of Brockenhurst.
But the latter category, for people under 18, has not yet attracted the same level of interest as the adult ones.
“I know there are lots of young people doing surprising things, and it’s only right they should have a chance to be recognised,” said David Bennett, of the Brockenhurst Village Trust.
“It may be delivering papers in all weathers, helping a neighbour with shopping or other services, doing particularly well in music, or a sport or a team, or helping a group. Whatever, I’m sure these special young people are there, they just need to be nominated.”
Citizen of the Year forms are in several places including the village hall, railway station, doctors’ surgery, Meaden’s Garage, and Forest Park Hotel, he added.
They can also be downloaded from the BVT website. Entries will be accepted until January 11th by returning entries to the Village Hall, before judging and an awards night in February.
“The season of goodwill is the perfect time to think of those around us, and particularly those who make lives easier, or have done something special or heroic in the last 12 months,” Mr Bennett said.
“This is a chance to say ‘thanks’ and show others what a special place our village and community is.”
Visit www.brockenhurstvillage.org.uk citizen to download a nomination form.