The kindness and generosity of spirit of people from across The News’ region never ceases to amaze us.
But it is the bedrock on which our communities are built – people going about their business, doing the best job they can without expecting praise.
So each year The News takes great pride in organising its We Can Do It awards, recognising those people in our area who epitomise the words ‘community spirit’.
And each year we are astonished and humbled in equal measure by the fantastic people who do so much to make life that little bit better for those around them.
Newspapers are often criticised for focusing on bad news, and yes, sadly we have our fair share to report.
But each week we are proud to bring you news of the people in our communities who are doing good work, and the annual awards night is our chance to publicly salute them for their achievements. It has long been an important night in The News calendar.
Our We Can Do It awards have proved a wonderful vehicle for turning the spotlight on small but vital acts of kindness, hard work that does not look for praise, and a neighbourly dedication to society.
Christmas is on the way, when hearts lighten and we think of other people perhaps more than at other times of the year.
The people who win our awards deserve recognition, though they expect none.
Their work goes on day in, day out, rain or shine, throughout the year.
They prove that compassion, goodwill and community spirit should be a way of life — not just for Christmas.
In the coming days we will focus on individual winners of our We Can Do It awards and tell you their stories. We find them inspirational and we are sure you will too.