HEROES from across the region will be recognised by our Pride of Gwent Awards.

The annual awards recognise the work of people in our community who go the extra mile.

We know there are thousands of people who do amazing work, from volunteering tirelessly for charities, carers, incredible fundraisers or people who have faced adversity with great courage.

Last year’s overall Pride of Gwent Award recipient was Ron Jones, an Auschwitz survivor who sells poppies for the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal who turned 100 last year.

Upon hearing that he had won an award Mr Jones said: “I’m very excited. Several people told me they had nominated me. I’m always looking to give back to the community.

“I want to carry on as long as I am able, I still feel physically fit.”

There are 15 awards that aim to reward and celebrate the efforts of people whose dedication and commitment are a central part of our communities.

The awards include the Courage Award, 999 Hero, Achiever Award, Good Samaritan, Volunteer Award, Charity Champion, Carer Award, the Life Saver Award, the Local Hero Awards, Charity Award, Environment Award Community Hero Award, the Special Recognition Award, Lifetime Achievement and the overall Pride of Gwent Winner.

Hussain Bayoomi, managing director at the South Wales Argus, said: “The Pride of Gwent Awards are an opportunity to showcase the incredible people, groups and communities making the difference to lives around them. These are our unsung heroes, who should be recognised for the amazing work that they do.

“The awards allow the South Wales Argus along with our partners to showcase Gwent and the people that make the difference. Some have saved lives, some have cared for others and some have raised huge sums for charity or have made a real difference to their communities.”

You can nominate someone for free at our website southwalesargus.co.uk/prideofgwent.

Nominations close at 5pm on February 16.