An Ashton Hayes woman who set up the village post office in her own home in 1984 and celebrated 30 years of serving her community earlier this year has been nominated for a Your Champions award 2014.

Helen Rimmer MBE even had her garage converted to provide a larger and more secure location for the Post Office branch in 2002. The community stalwart was made an MBE in 2011 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and received her long service award from the Post Office in February this year. Now she has been nominated for the Champion Person category in this year’s awards.

Over the years, she has overseen the launch of the Ashton Hayes Timebank, which allows villagers to swap time to help each other out.

If a neighbour needs help mowing their lawn, for example, they can offer to do someone else’s ironing.

And during the winter, the service also provides Snow Angels who are happy to clear paths and driveways of snow.

Helen said: “Having this help to hand means that elderly and vulnerable members of our community are better able to stay in their homes rather than having to move into residential care.

“For me, this community service is the best part of the job.”

To nominate someone for a Your Champions award, fill in the form below.  Closing date for nominations is October 11, 2014.