The Mayor of Bolton is appealing for more nominations from volunteers for Bolton's Unsung Heroes campaign after the deadline for entries has been extended.

Nominations are now open until February 17 as Cllr Fairclough hopes "to ensure that all those who deserve to have their hard work and selfless time recognised don't miss out."

Three finalists from each of the categories will be invited to an awards presentation in Bolton Town Hall on Wednesday, March 25, followed by afternoon tea.

Nominations can be made in several categories covering all areas of volunteering and include health, education, environment, fundraiser, sport and young person.

The Mayor said: "We have already had some marvellous nominations, highlighting exactly the sort of people we want to honour.

"So I am delighted with the response from the general public and would just ask everyone to get in their nominations this week."

The categories have been adapted due to the number of nominations received so far.

Cllr Fairclough said: "We also want to honour local fundraisers specifically so have put in a category for them."

The awards are run in partnership with the University of Bolton with the support of the Bolton News and Bolton FM.

People from across the borough have already been nominated, but there is still time to honour more hard-working volunteers.

Professor George E Holmes DL, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, further encouraged people to apply.

He said: "The University is delighted to be working with the Mayor on these exciting Awards and I join her in urging people to send in their nominations.

"I am sure there are worthy applicants of all ages and from all walks of life and time is now running out for them to enter."

Nominations can be made by downloading the form from