Stars of Suffolk: Your chance to reward a local hero

Mason Fountain is pictured at his home in Ipswich

Mason Fountain is pictured at his home in Ipswich - Credit: Archant

The mothers of two inspirational Suffolk children today urged people to nominate their community heroes as Stars of Suffolk 2013.

The East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star backed awards recognise those who have shown selflessness, bravery, or the courage to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.

Stars of Suffolk 2013 strives to reward them for their tireless work in making the world a better place.

Mason Fountain, of Ipswich, has won awards twice in the last two years. Earlier this year the eight-year-old was presented with a special recognition award for setting up his charity, Mason’s Magic, in January 2012 after discovering he had an inoperable brain tumour.

By the end of 2012 it had raised £50,000 to give children with brain tumours gifts and treats.

Mason was also a joint winner of the Courageous Young Person of the Year award in 2011.

His mum Shelley said: “Being nominated for the awards meant a lot to Mason because he knew he was getting a lot of support from everyone when he was going through a hard time.

“I would urge anyone who knows someone who is deserving to nominate them for Stars of Suffolk. It gives them a boost and makes them realise how special and incredible they are. These people are such an inspiration.”

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Last year’s Outstanding Bravery of the Year winner was seven-year-old Brooke Lawrance, of Ipswich.

Brooke was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was two years old and has spent most of her life in a wheelchair.

Her mum and dad’s fundraising campaign – Brooke’s Wish to Walk – raised more than £65,000 to fund pioneering spinal surgery which has enabled her stand on her own two feet.

Brooke’s mum Sarah said: “Brooke was shocked when I told her she was nominated. We explained to her why people thought she deserved it, but Brooke was really shocked when she won.

“She felt on top of the world. She was so happy. Brooke has a smile that could light up a room. When she won we couldn’t stop her from smiling.

“Brooke couldn’t stop showing her award to people. She shows it to everyone who comes to the house.

“When Brooke won it spurred her on. I think Stars of Suffolk is a wonderful thing.”

This year’s awards will take place at Suffolk New College, on November 22.

Among the sponsors are New Suffolk College, Ramada Encore, Cipher Crystal, Suffolk County Council, Servest, Costa, EADT, Deben Transport, BBC Radio Suffolk, Hintlesham Hall and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

To nominate your Star of Suffolk log on to or fill in and return the nomination form, right, to the address shown.