Every day ‘ordinary’ people make an extraordinary difference across Greater Manchester. Chances are that you know at least one who immediately springs to mind. But have you ever thought of nominating them for a national Honour?
Reading the media coverage of the New Year and Birthday Honours Lists, you might come away with the mistaken impression that honours are only awarded to household names, or the retired who have dedicated their entire lives to community or charitable service.
Yet the reality is, that each year the Queen recognises the extraordinary achievements of people from all walks of life, and all ages, within our communities. These are the people who really make a difference to the lives of those around them.
In the 2017 New Year Honours List, 74% of people who received an honour were people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities.
To see some examples of Greater Manchester citizens who have been awarded a national Honour, please take a look at our Greater Manchester Honours Gallery.
However, the remarkable people that each of us knows can only be recognised if somebody takes the time to nominate them. Somebody who knows the difference that they make. Could that ‘somebody’ be you?
The form to nominate a person for a national honour is straight forward, and you can even do it online: www.gov.uk/honours.
So, if you know somebody who deserves to be recognised, please do the Honours!