With just days to go to the deadline for this year's Dunstable and Houghton Regis Business and Community Awards some great stories are emerging from wonderful local individuals and firms.
The closing date for nominations is October 5 and there are lots of categories to go for in this year's competition, which has a host of sponsors from the local community.
Zoe Johnson has been nominated for Role Model of the Year for raising money for cancer research.
The person who nominated Zoe wrote: "Zoe has seen many of her friends and family struggle with cancer and has decided to do something about it which is to raise money for Cancer Research.
"Her main challenge to achieve a goal and funds was to shave her hair off and then donate the hair to Princess Trust. This will allow a young girl receive a wig to help her come to terms with her cancer also see her smile with lovely locks. She also raised over £1,000 towards the charity, too.
"An inspiration and fabulous role model to so many of us!"
Sahira Ward has been nominated for Volunteer of the Year for her dedication to her project, Incredible Edible, which, provides an opportunity to knit communities, educate children on food production and foster an ethos of 'work equals reward'.
A new business on the Dunstable scene, Jaccs Coffee, has been nominated for Customer Care of the Year.
The person who nominated Jaccs wrote: "The costs are so good it means we can have more than one drink if we get chatting. There are so many different people who go in on a regular basis from professions, elderly, mums of young children along with others."
Also nominated for Customer Care of the year is D I Butchers. The person who nominated the business wrote: "Great customer service, really look after us old folk. I buy from the butchers every week and they know me well, I always feel I get a lovely friendly welcome and they care about us too."
The awards night will be held in Dunstable on November 12 but the deadline for getting nominations in is October 5, so there is still time to get nominating. The judges will be meeting in mid-October to decide the winners.
For more details and to enter the variety of business and community categories online, visit the website
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