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Last year's winner Aaron Edgar with Jimmy Armfield.
Last year's winner Aaron Edgar with Jimmy Armfield.
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COMMUNITY spirited teenagers could soon find themselves under the spotlight as the Young Local Heroes Award is launched.

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden is appealing for nominations as he looks to reward exceptional young people from South Shore.

The awards, which are a follow on from the long-standing Local Heroes scheme, is aimed exclusively at those aged between 12 and 19.

And the MP is hoping tales of hard work and dedication will come flooding in.

He said: “I’ve said numerous times young people across Blackpool have a splendid record in volunteering, caring, charitable and other community activities.

“I am looking for those teenagers who have gone the extra mile to help elderly and vulnerable people, support other youngsters or provide care to a friend or family member.

“I’m also keen to hear about young people that have worked to clean up their local area or worked hard to get positive activities off the ground.

“The awards will give recognition to young unsung heroes in our community and reward them for their exceptional work.

“I’m very much looking forward to reading the nominations.”

The last Young Local Heroes campaign ran in 2010.

The scheme is backed by Blackpool FC Community Trust – Blackpool FC’s charitable arm.

In 2010, former Palatine Sports College pupil Aaron Edgar was named as the winner after organising a series of charity events with classmate Sam Richardson.

The kind-hearted duo organised supermarket bag packs, raffles and even put on a charity show at the South Shore school.

Aaron was presented with his prize at Blackpool Football Club by Jimmy Armfield.

But the youngster went an extra step however as he took the signed Blackpool FC shirt he won as his prize and auctioned it off to raise even more money for blaze-hit Blackpool charity Donna’s Dream House.

Nominations for the Young Local Heroes must be received no later than May 15.

Winners will be announced shortly after.

To make a nomination, collect a Young Local Heroes information leaflet from Gordon Marsden’s office at 304 Highfield Road or visit www.gordonmarsden.co.uk.