Brent Community Champion’s Awards recognises 26 unsung heroes
PUBLISHED: 18:32 02 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:03 03 June 2014
Unsung heroes who dedicate their time to helping others were recognised by Brent Council at a special ceremony.
Full list of award winners
Amino Ali, Paddy Barnes, Jackie Baines, Sheila Darr, Gail Freeman, Cecil Gittins, Dorothy Gonsalves, Christine Harvey, Francis Henry, Trevor Hutton (posthumous award), Peter Hunt, Aisha Hussein, David Knight, Danny Maher, Safo Mohamed, Nusrat Nazir, Jean Peacock, Sanja Pucan, Cathy Roe, Samira Saloojee, Ashok Shah, Daxa Shah, Dial Sharma, Andreas Soteriou, Vernon Thomas, Michelle Elaine Walcott and Caroline Winterburn
The annual Brent Community Champion’s Awards ceremony acknowledged at total of 26 people for a variety of good deeds they carried out in the borough.
Among the recipients was Dial Sharma, who has provided more than 50 years voluntary service to local people, including assisting recent immigrants to improve their English skills and embrace British values
She also offers support to women who had been subject to domestic abuse and providing free tuition over a five-year period to disadvantaged children.
Danny Maher, Chief Executive of Ashford Place, a community hub formerly known as Cricklewood Homeless Concern, was recognised for his leadership of the Cricklewood Improvement Programme.
He has worked with Brent councillors and officers, residents’ associations and the police to resolve social issues in the Cricklewood area, including homelessness, alcohol abuse and anti-social behaviour.
Cecil Gittens, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to ill health, was recognised for his long term association with the Queens Park Harriers, who he joined in September 1946.
The 83-year-old was still attending committee meetings as recently as 18 months ago.
A posthumous award was handed out to Trevor Hutton, founder of AFC Wembley, a grassroots football club, who also mentored youths and established an array of projects and schemes to enrich young people’s lives.
He died in April at the age of 52.
The ceremony also marked a key milestone for the Cllr Bobby Thomas, Mayor of Brent, who handed out the awards.
During his year in office he has raised more than £20,000 for charity.
Cllr Thomas, who will be handing over his Mayoral robe and chain to Cllr Kana Naheerathan this week, said: “It is so important that we recognise and celebrate the remarkable individuals who have provided outstanding voluntary service in our borough.
“These awardees give up their time willingly to help make our community a better, safer and more inclusive place to live, and it’s entirely right that is publicly acknowledged.”
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