A six-year-old boy who saved his grandad's life after he fell into a lake is the first person to be put forward for a Local Hero award.
George Bowe, of Linden Close, Ruislip Manor, has been nominated in the Young Hero category of our annual awards, run jointly with Uxbridge College.
George, a pupil at Lady Bankes Infant School in Dawlish Drive, Ruislip Manor, went on a fishing trip to Farlows Lake in Iver with his father, and grandfather, Peter Bowe, in May.
And when non-swimmer Mr Bowe fell into the water, George remained calm and rushed to get his father, Steve, who managed to get Mr Bowe out just in time. He is convinced he would have drowned if it was not for George's swift actions.
Proud mother, Lisa Bowe, nominated George. She said: "He is a very brave boy and he made such a sensible choice. If he hadn't gone for help his grandad probably wouldn't be here and if he had gone in himself he probably wouldn't be here either.
"I am extremely proud of him and it was such a wise decision for a young boy."
Mr Bowe, of Silverdale Road, Hayes, said: "He was very level headed at the time and I keep forgetting that he is only six.
"He is a little hero anyway but if it wasn't for him I might not be here."
This year we have added £100 for the person who nominates our top hero
A TERRIFIC £1,000 is up for grabs this year for the winner of the popular Local Heroes contest, with £100 waiting to be won by the person who nominates the eventual winner.
The seventh Local Heroes awards seeks ordinary people whose actions towards others have shown they are truly special.
The awards are presented by Uxbridge College and the Uxbridge Gazette series.
Last year, those nominated included a volunteer for Victim Support in her 80s; a dedicated mother of five who donated her kidney to her Down's Syndrome daughter; and a young man who saved passengers on a minibus when the driver had a heart attack.
Other heart-warming stories of good neighbours and committed campaigners, and particularly that of our 2007 winner, 18-year-old Pippa Fisher who raised thousands of pounds for charity, made last year's awards a huge success.
Parents, governors and school staff who feel youngsters sometimes get a bad press, should jump at the chance to nominate someone 16 or under, who deserves recognition in the community, for any reason whatsoever.
Adrian Seal, editor-in-chief of the Gazette series, and Laraine Smith, principal of Uxbridge College, were both pleased to launch Local Heroes again.
Mr Seal said: "We are looking forward to hearing more stories of local people who have been recognised by their neighbours or the community for putting others
needs before theirs, or for battling against the odds."
Our Local Heroes for 2008 and their nominators will be honoured at a gala night on February 26 at Uxbridge College's Hayes campus in Coldharbour Lane.
Local Heroes categories are:
* Community Hero: someone who has helped the community, perhaps with a project or campaign. Winner receives £250, runners-up £50.
* Fundraising Hero: any individual or group which has raised money for charity. Winner receives £250, runners-up £50.
* Young Hero: a youngster aged 16 or under who deserves recognition in the community. Winner receives £250, runnersup £50.
* Citizen of Courage: someone who has shown bravery in a difficult situation or achieved a goal against the odds. Winner receives £250, runners-up £50.
* Carer Hero: anyone who has selflessly looked after others. Winner receives £250, runnersup £50.
**The overall title Hero of Hillingdon will be chosen from any of the above category winners. Winner receives £750.
To enter online, all you need to do is click here and fill in on the 'Send Your Story' form your details, the details of your nomination, the category and reason for your nomination.
Entries must be received by January 23 and shortlisted candidates will be invited to a gala night on February 26.