The Centre in Feltham - backed by your Hounslow Chronicle - is launching its Citizen of the Year Awards for the second year running.

The 2008 awards were a huge success and rewarded some amazing members of the community, who really went that extra mile to help others.

Last year's winners were Graham Littlef ield, Good Neighbour Award 2008, James Fallon, Young Citizen of the Year 2008, and Doris Stone, Volunteer of the Year 2008.

For her outstanding work in the community, Doris was also awarded the prestigious title of Citizen of the Year 2008 and donated her winning £1,000 charity cheque to Shooting Star Children's Hospice, in Hampton.

Doris was thrilled to hear the awards have returned this year, and will pass on her mantle to another deserving winner.

"Winning Citizen of the Year last year made me incredibly proud," said Doris, 87, of Stone Crescent, Feltham, who organises bingo and whist sessions, plus lunches and outings for the elderly.

"It made me so happy to give the Shooting Star such a generous donation, they were absolutely thrilled. I just can't thank the people who nominated me enough.

"Not too much has changed for me. I think a few more people recognise me in the street and it seems I've got even busier helping out with senior citizen days and with all the Christmas parties and events last year. It truly was a huge honour and I think it's wonderful that someone else will get this experience through Citizen of the Year 2009.'

The 2009 awards are set to be another fantastic community event. We all know kind-hearted people who go out of their way to help others in times of need or crisis. If you know someone who helps others and expects nothing in return, then nominate them for one of the Citizen of the Year categories, so their work can be recognised.

The awards are open to anyone in the Feltham area. They don't have to be well-known or involved in major events. It could be anyone, just as long as their efforts benefit those in need.

You can nominate your Citizen of the Year in one of four categories.

Young Citizen of the Year (up to 18) - a person who, despite their youth, helps out either the family or friends or gives up time to volunteer for a local charity.

Good Neighbour Award - someone who goes out of their way to help those close to them in the community, be it friends, family or neighbours.

Volunteer of the Year - someone whovolunteers their time for free to either local or national charities.

Community Service Award - someone who has significantly aided the community, perhaps through dedication of their time, money, through their job or even an act of bravery.

One person from each category will be recognised for their work and then an overall winner will be chosen from the four winners to be crowned 'Citizen of the Year 2009' on Thursday, March 19.

Entries must be in by March 8, 2009, and the finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges, including Centre manager Lorraine Prideaux, Chronicle historian and long-time Feltham resident Eddie Menday and the paper's news editor, Daniel Lyons.

The winner of Citizen of the Year 2009 will receive £1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice, plus their name will be engraved on the Citizen of the Year plaque installed in the community building at The Centre, Feltham.

Know someone who fits the bill? To enter, fill out the form here and send it to Citizen of the Year, Centre Management Office, The Centre, Feltham, TW13 4GU. Alternatively, enter online, at www.the by clicking on the Citizen of the Year link.