Seeking out unsung heroes

Published: 28 August 2013

Wandsworth residents are being urged to put the spotlight on unsung local heroes by nominating them for a Wandsworth Civic Award.

The awards are a way of saying thank you to local people who have volunteered their services over a long period of time to help others, including charity workers, community activists or just someone who acts as a helping hand to friends or neighbours - anyone whose tireless voluntary work has made a difference to the area.

Last year's award winners (pictured) were Keith Stent, conductor and director of the Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra, Nick Steiner and Mozir Uddin Ahmed for the extensive work they do in their local communities, special sergeant at Wandsworth Police Helen Hughes, Staff Sergeant Niall Rymill for his work with army cadets and Alison Angus for her voluntary role at Allfarthing School (see their full stories).

Wandsworth Council is calling for nominations from all corners of the borough for the 2013 awards, so that anyone and everyone who deserves to be given a pat on the back for dedicating their time to helping others are acknowledged.

Putting someone forward for an award is easy. Send the nominee's name, phone number and email address, plus your name and contact details, and full details of why they deserve an award to the council before October 11.

To email a nomination, send it to or post it to Wandsworth Civic Awards, Room 144, Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU

Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Angela Graham, said: "Since becoming mayor I've met people who are the backbone of their community. They make Wandsworth the borough it is - full of people that go out of their way to help others, and communities that are strong and caring.

"I would urge people to help us ensure these local heroes are recognised and rewarded."

Finalists chosen from the nominations will be invited to attend a special award ceremony at the town hall in November.

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