Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Voluntary: BT Woman of the Year

• Click here to make a nomination
• Categories and entry details in full

Do you know a woman who generously volunteers her time and support to help others and who you think should be named bt voluntary sector woman of the year?

Perhaps you have been personally touched by the kindness of such an "unsung hero" who works tirelessly behind the scenes? If you know just that woman, then you should nominate her for the Voluntary Sector category, which is being sponsored by Firmus Energy.

Your nominee in the competition, which is run in association with Spar, can be any woman working in the voluntary sector whether she is a carer, someone who sacrifices her time for others or is a real example of giving. She could even be a guest of honour at the gala BT Woman of the Year Awards ceremony to be held in Belfast's Europa Hotel on Wednesday, November 28.

Frances McCandless, who works alongside volunteers in her role as director of policy at the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, says: " Voluntary organisations across Northern Ireland are full of talented and committed women, many of whom work behind the scenes. We would love to see these awards recognise the commitment of women who work on the ground to make life better for local people."

Mark Prentice, general manager of Firmus Energy, which is supporting the Voluntary Sector Award, said: "Firmus Energy are supplying natural gas to 10 towns and cities across Northern Ireland and as we work our way through each area, we link closely with local communities and are touched by the dedication of individuals within them. We therefore welcomed the opportunity to sponsor the Voluntary Sector of the BT Woman of the Year Awards, as it allows us to demonstrate our support for the unsung heroines across Northern Ireland."

You can enter the competition by telling us in under 200 words why your nominee should win in their category. The nominee should have been in her line of work for a least a year and have demonstrated a particular achievement. You should say how she has inspired others and how she has shown passion, drive and energy in her endeavours.

You can send your entry to womanoftheyear@belfasttelegraph.co.uk or post it to BT Woman of the Year, Belfast Telegraph, 124-144 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1EB.

By nominating someone, you and a friend have a chance of winning one of five pairs of tickets for the gala ceremony, worth £100. The closing date for entries is November 12.

If you want to attend the ceremony you can buy tickets, priced £50, from JPR (tel: 9076 0066). Nominees and those nominating must be over 18.

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