Birmingham 2022 is soliciting nominees to carry the Queen's Baton ©Birmingham 2022

There are just seven days until nominations close for Batonbearers to carry the Queen's Message to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games, prompting organisers to issue a last call for suggestions.

"We opened Batonbearer nominations at the start of the year and we've already seen some truly amazing stories of inspiring figures across England," Birmingham 2022 Baton Relay head Lisa Hampton said.

"Now there’s only one week to go until nominations close, and we want to make sure we've captured everyone who has made a difference within their communities, so they can be in with the chance of carrying the Baton and representing England this summer."

Nominations close on February 14.

Batonbearers must be aged 12 or over by June.

Anyone can make a nomination by visiting the Birmingham 2022 website and submitting 100 words or less on how the nominee is making a difference in their community and why they deserve to take on this special role.

"The role of Batonbearer is always a tremendous honour for those who are selected to carry it as part of the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games," Birmingham Council Leader Ian Ward said.

"Time is running out, so if you know of an inspirational figure in your family, neighbourhood or community who can take it on here in the proud host city of Birmingham or the proud host nation of England, please get in touch and make a nomination, so we can show off to the Commonwealth and wider world what the 2022 Games are all about."

Birmingham 2022 has said that the ideal candidate is "someone who has made a meaningful contribution in areas such as education, the arts, or charity; is a figure of inspiration who positively challenges others to achieve their best; or is passionate about making a positive impact within their community."

The Baton is due to begin its journey around England on July 4.

It is currently in the Pacific Islands where it has visited Nauru and is en route for Fiji.

It will visit all 72 nations and territories in the Commonwealth as part of its journey.