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By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

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National children and families charity, 4Children, in partnership with Take a Break magazine, has opened its annual 4Children and Take a Break Family Heroes Awards for nominations. The Family Heroes Awards take place each year to celebrate unsung heroes in each region of the country who go above and beyond the call of duty to support children and families through tough times.

The Family Heroes Awards recognise extraordinary people whose dedication and kindness have touched people’s lives and helped them to overcome adversity. The awards are open to everyone, from people who work or volunteer to support families, to those who take self sacrifice and care for their own family to a whole new level. 12 regional family heroes will be selected, with one inspirational hero being chosen as the overall national Family Hero 2014 and thanked for their selfless devotion with a cash prize of £5,000.

Returning to host the awards for a fourth year, radio and television presenter, Neil Fox said: “I am delighted to be hosting the Family Heroes Awards once again on behalf of 4Children and Take a Break. Families are at the heart of our communities and the Family Heroes Awards are a time to celebrate this and thank those that have made a real difference in helping to support families and children across the UK.

“As many of us know, raising a family is one of life's most incredible and rewarding experiences.....but it is also, at times, one of the hardest jobs out there and sometimes we all need a bit of extra help to get by and give our children the best possible start in life.

“These awards are the least we can offer to the heroes that have inspired us and helped us to get through the daily challenges of everyday life.”

Anne Longfield OBE, Chief Executive of 4Children said: “With recent 4Children research showing that most people feel that family life is harder now than it was twenty years ago, it’s clear that for many, life remains an uphill battle. That’s why it’s more important than ever to find and thank those people who go above and beyond to help others through difficult times – often without realising what their actions mean to those around them.

“We believe that finding our family heroes will help to inspire people across the country to do as much as they can to help people in their families and communities.”

Rebecca Fleming, Editor of Take a Break, said: “It is always an enormous privilege to meet all our Family Heroes finalists and to hear their stories. They are special people who every day go the extra mile to help others through difficult times. To us, they are all true heroes.”

The Families Heroes Awards will be looking for outstanding individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. A Family Hero could be:

• Someone who has shown amazing courage to protect or support a family member in need

• Someone who has helped a young person turn their life around after having a bad experience

• Someone who has supported a friend with postnatal depression

• Someone who is a young carer looking after a disabled parent

If you know or are related to someone who you think is a true family hero, why not show your appreciation by nominating them for this prestigious award? Nominations open on Thursday 22 May 2014 and will close on 31 August 2014. A family hero will be selected from each of the 12 UK regions (London, South East, South West, North East, North West, East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire & the Humber, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). One regional winner will be crowned the UK’s Overall Family Hero 2014 and will receive a £5,000 cash prize.

Each finalist will receive an all expenses paid trip to London to attend the glamorous Family Heroes Awards Ceremony on 6 November 2014 and will have their story featured in Britain’s best selling women’s weekly, Take a Break.

To nominate your Family Hero, download or fill out a nomination form online at http://www.4children.org.uk/Page/Family-Heroes-2014.

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