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Last chance to find Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year

John Freeman
The last call is being made for entries for the High Sheriff’s Lancashire Young Citizen of the Year award.

The awards take place each year and involve the search for a young person, aged up to 21, who has helped either their local neighbourhood, an individual, family member or local organisation.

Last year, the award was presented to 17-year-old Sufyaan Patel, from Blackburn, who  completed more than 260 hours volunteering since he started in February 2009.

The closing date for entries is 31st January 2011 and High Sheriff Dennis Mendoros is eager to hear about projects that help make local communities safer and better places to live; those which help to regenerate deprived areas; or those which help people to build confidence and unlock their true potential.

The awards are sponsored by BAE systems. The winner and runners up are selected by the High Sheriff and a panel of judges from LANPAC, Lancashire Constabulary, BAE Systems and former High Sheriff Rodney Swarbrick, who initiated this award.

All finalists will be invited to attend a presentation in spring 2011 and the winner will receive £250 plus a specially commissioned trophy and certificate. Two runners up will also receive £100 and certificate each.

Approval of a parent or guardian is needed for the nomination, subsequent publicity and any future events involving the finalists. Any entries involving crime prevention work may be considered for entry into further awards in 2011.

• Application forms are available online at; alternatively people can contact the LANPAC office direct for an application form on 01772 412372.