Is there someone in your life worthy of an honour?

While the great and the good will be rewarded in the Queen's New Year Honours, here at iPM we have our own award. 

Our honour is about recognising the achievements of people who are not normally in the limelight, Britain's unsung heroes if you like. And we'd like you to nominate them.

Who do YOU know that deserves some recognition?

Perhaps it's a member of your family, a neighbour or a colleague you work with? Is there someone who has done something extraordinary and perhaps gone about it in their own quiet way? 

There are no special rules about who qualifies or what kind of person it needs to be, it's up to you.

There is no prize, you won't be able to call yourself a knight or a dame, but we will make a fuss of the winner. 

Previous winners include Delma Hughes, the founder of a charity which helps siblings separated by the care system. Hilary Holdaway, who was described as a Supermum by her daughter Ruth. Penny Brace, who works with transgender people in North Wales. And last year, Kay Salter, who coaches national champions at a gymnastics club for people with disabilities, won the award.

If you have someone you'd like to nominate, please email, putting HONOUR in the subject line and tell us why you’d like to nominate them. You don’t need to write screeds - short and sweet is good.

You can also write to:

iPM New Year Honour,
Room G601,
BBC TV Centre,
London W12 7RJ.

Please send us your nomination before midday on 10 December 2012.

Terms and conditions


1. In order to nominate someone, you must be a UK resident (including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and not be a BBC employee, employee of any of its affiliates, close relative of any such employees or connected to the award directly or through a close relative.

2. Any UK resident (incl. Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) aged 10 and above is eligible to be nominated, except BBC employees, employees of any of its affiliates, close relatives of any such employees or those connected to the award directly or through a close relative. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested. You will be required to provide evidence of the nominee's permission. For nominees under 16, evidence of their parent/guardian consent will be required. The nominee will be told that you were the person nominating him/her.

3. Nominations can be made by: (i) emailing the programme or; (ii) sending a postal entry to iPM Honours, iPM, Room G601, BBC TV Centre, London W12 7RJ. The closing time for receipt of entries is 12:00 on 10th December 2012. No entries received after that time will be considered. Nominations cannot be acknowledged or returned. Full details of opening and closing times will be given on air.

4. You will be required to provide evidence of the nominee's permission to take part in any post-award publicity. The winner will be expected to allow the use of their names for publicity purposes as may be required. For entrants/winners under 18 years of age, parent or guardian's consent may be required.

5. As this is mostly an award for fun, ie. there is no prize, there is a wide criteria to qualify for nomination. The nominee should deserve recognition for some aspect of their life which is extraordinary or deserves to be given attention. The award should not be referred to in any way that could suggest endorsement by the BBC (including Radio 4) or as a way of promoting any commercial venture or any other cause that could bring the BBC into disrepute.

6. The BBC may contact both the nominator and nominee to verify facts and/or events and whether the relevant consents have been obtained. This should not be interpreted as anything other than an information gathering exercise.

7. The BBC team will select a winner based on the above criteria.

8. The winner will be notified within seven days of the close of the nominations by post or telephone or email. The winner will also be announced on 29th December 2012 on iPM.

9. The BBC's decision as to the winner is final. No correspondence relating to the award will be entered.

10. The winner will receive the iPM New Year Honour Award, which consists purely of such mention. There are no prizes, no cash alternative and the award cannot be sold or transferred in any circumstances.

11. The BBC reserves the right to: (i) vary the opening times of the awards; (ii) disqualify any nominee who breaches the rules or has acted fraudulently in any way; and (iii) cancel the awards, at any stage, if in its opinion it is deemed necessary or if circumstances arise outside its control.

12. The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem which may result in any nomination not properly registered.

13. The BBC will only use personal details for the purposes of administering this award and will not publish or provide them to anyone without permission. You can read more about the BBC Privacy Policy on:

14. The promoter of the awards is the British Broadcasting Corporation and these terms and conditions are subject to the laws of England and Wales.