Nominate your heroes from around Leeds for YEP Christmas Honours

Francine Levin, founder of the Make a Dream charity
Francine Levin, founder of the Make a Dream charity
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Hollywood star Angelina Jolie was among those honoured by the Queen this year but who has been your hero of 2014?

The Yorkshire Evening Post wants to hear about the city’s stars who have shone the brightest over the past 12 months.

The YEP Christmas Honours, which we will announce on Christmas Eve, will celebrate the achievements of ordinary people who have done extraordinary things, who deserve to see their efforts recognised.

Our stars of 2014 will be those who have helped to make our region special, defied difficulties, gone above and beyond the call of duty and refused to give up.

This is a chance for YEP readers to show their appreciation for their personal heroes.

They could be a teacher, neighbour, family member, or from any field such as sport, community or charity – anyone whose efforts you think should be highlighted. You may want to cast think about key events of the last year or look at events that affected your local community.

Last year’s YEP stars included Shadwell’s Francine Levin, founder of the Make a Dream charity – who is herself battling terminal cancer; and schoolgirl Cody Hartley, who has equipped her school with life-saving defibrillators.

Nicola Furbisher, the Yorkshire Evening Post’s managing editor, said: “This is an opportunity for Yorkshire Evening Post readers to nominate somebody special to them.

“We want to hear about people who have demonstrated determination, integrity and compassion. It may be somebody in the public eye or someone who prefers to shun the spotlight.

“They may well be too modest to put themselves forward but you feel they deserve this recognition because of their extraordinary efforts to help others.”

Email nominations to by Friday December 12.

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