Civic Awards for local heroes

Published: 1 December 2016

Unsung local heroes have been presented with a 2016 Wandsworth Civic Award for their hard work on behalf of the Wandsworth community.

The Mayor of Wandsworth hosts the annual award ceremony to shine a spotlight on residents who aspire to help others and selflessly give their time to support local charities and strengthen their local neighbourhoods.

South West Army Cadet volunteers formed a guard of honour as guests arrived at the Civic Suite, and the South West London Cadet Corps of Drums performed. Announcing the winners, the Mayor, Cllr Richard Field, said

“These awards are a celebration of active citizenship, civic action and volunteering and underline the value the council attaches to community participation. They are about the “unsung heroes” who make a major contribution to community life and in many cases, do not get any formal recognition for their efforts.

“It has been a privilege for me as your Mayor to observe the exemplary work of so many good people in the round during my mayoral year and I can tell you, I’ve seen a lot! This is a great ‘can do’, the Brighter Borough, the envy of many but in no small part thanks to our wonderful and generous people.”

The recipients of a 2016 Civic Award were:

Zahid ‘Sid’ Khan: Described as a father figure to the many thousands of young Wandsworth people he has supported, Sid is a volunteer and coach at the Earlsfield Boxing Club. He has nurtured, supported and encouraged real talent on the national and international sporting stage and recently the club celebrated three national champions in one year. He was presented by his award jointly by the mayor and by Olympic silver medallist boxer Joe Joyce, who learnt his skills at the club.

Sheila Hill: Sheila was honoured for the contribution she has made to local history and heritage. She was a leading light of the ‘Quid for Sid’ campaign to commemorate Sidney Lewis, who joined up at just 12 and fought at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

Shakeel Ahmed Syed: Syeed has supported a whole list of causes in Tooting, including the Big Lunch, Ronald Gibson House at Springfield Hospital, Clean for the Queen, a community Peace Conference and community multi-faith gatherings.

Wandsworth Parent Champions: This group of volunteers helps raise awareness of the council’s Disabled Children’s Register and WAND Card Scheme, which help children with a disability and their families. Each member of the team has first hand experience of raising a child with a disability, and they have tirelessly promoted the scheme, raised funds and helped break down language and cultural barriers.

Award recipients were nominated by local residents, businesses, voluntary and community organisations or councillors.

Find out about previous winners and how to nominate for the 2017 awards at