DO you know a modern day St George who may not slay Dragons or rescue princesses but has made Southampton a better place?

Anyone can be nominated, from a community group leader, to someone who has helped those needing extra support or started a campaign to improve life in the city.

Their work may have had an impact on the whole city, or just on the lives of one or two people - what is important is that they set out to make a difference.

This will be the second annual awards ceremony supported by the Daily Echo, Southampton Voluntary Services and Southampton City Council.

Last year community leaders, councillors and former Saints footballer Francis Benali turned out to celebrate the people who were nominated.

The awards will be presented by former Saints manager Lawrie McMenemy MBE at Southampton City College on April 23.

St George Community Awards have been organised by Southampton St George - a group of Hampshire residents and organisations, who organise events to celebrate the patriotic English holiday - St George’s Day.

A spokesperson for the group said: “We believe that Southampton is a great English city that has always been built by all the people making their lives here.”

Tony Witt, who started Brendon FC in 1966 when he was just 16 was one of those five honoured for their efforts.

At the time, the then 66-year old said that the award wasn’t for him but for his beloved football club.

“The club has been kept going by a lot of dedicated and worthy people that have given their love, their lives and their dedication to the club and wouldn’t have been able to keep it going without them,” he said at the ceremony.

Until the deadline, the Echo will be publishing the stories of some of the worthy nominees.

To nominate a person, just send an e-mail or letter and explain in up to 300 words, who is being nominating and why they should receive an award.

The closing deadline is April 13, nominations after this date will not be considered.

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