Prime Minister Gordon Brown is calling on communities across the

country to identify the local heroes who they believe should be honoured by the nation.

In this year’s New Year’s Honours List, more than 4 in 5 of all the

OBEs and MBEs awarded went to people who have carried out valuable

charitable or voluntary work, either as a career or in their spare time.

The government wants local communities to help identify the unsung heroes who have made an oustanding contribution.

These will not just be the people who have raised the most money or

achieved the most prominence, but also the quiet, modest individuals

who have given up huge amounts of time and energy over many years to

help the people around them.

The government is also appealing to local newspapers and ordinary

people to search for their own local heroes.

It is the perfect opportunity to give one of the numerous people who work to improve life for the gay community in the UK the recognition they deserve.

Many people give of their time and energy working with groups such as Schools OUT and the Albert Kennedy Trust.

A nomination would give the unsung heroes of the LGBT community the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of more prominent figures who have received honours.

Actor and Stonewall supporter Sir Ian McKellen was recently appointed by the Queen to the Order of the Companions of Honour for his “outstanding achievements as an actor and also for his work in championing the causes of diversity.”

Launching his appeal for local heroes, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: “All of us know someone in our street or someone in our community who spends all their spare time helping others.

“They are always raising money for charity, running errands for elderly neighbours, coaching kids, or doing something to bring the town together.

“Carers, helpers, or just good neighbours, nothing is ever too much

trouble or too much effort: they are the people who inspire us all,

make our lives happier or easier, and make our neighbourhoods safer

and stronger.

“They are the everyday heroes who make Britain great.

“And how many times do we say to each other: ‘That person deserves a

medal’. Well I think it is time they got what they deserved. And that is why I want us to see more of our local heroes presented with an MBE or an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen.”

Anyone is allowed to make a nomination – you do not need to be an

official of any organisation. To nominate your hero call 020 7276 2777 or visit www.honours.gov.uk.