COUNCILLORS were urged to nominate someone for a Civic Award at Wednesday (22 January) and told if everyone did they would “almost double” the numbers.
The council has now announced a one week extension to the nomination deadline and they have to be received by Thursday, 6 February. Nomination forms are available via the council’s website and in the borough’s libraries.
Online voting for the Mayor’s Award is also going well with more than 300 votes received in the first week alone and voting remains open until 21 February.
Cllr Lynn Worrall, the council’s portfolio holder for communities, said: “We have had a bumper load of nominations in every category and I think we already have more nominations than ever before.
“But I would urge everyone – just as I did with councillors last week – to make one last effort. Everyone knows somebody, or some organisation, that goes that extra step to help others. Nominate them now.”
And Kate Miller, general manager (operations) at intu Lakeside, added: “We are very proud to be headline sponsor for the civic awards and it’s really pleasing that so many people have put in nominations already.
“Thurrock is a place where the community works together to help each other – we all know that – but it is also somewhere that people like to work behind the scenes.
“It is good that we can be part of recognising these heroes who give their own time to improve the quality of life of their neighbours and communities.”
The 11th Thurrock Civic Awards will be held on Friday, 21 February at the National Skills Academy in Purfleet and overall there are 11 awards up for grabs covering all aspects of life in the borough.