Lambeth's civic heroes
16 March 2010A group of outstanding Lambeth citizens have been honoured at a special ceremony at Lambeth Town Hall. The annual Lambeth Civic Awards celebrate our unsung heroes, who freely give their time and effort to help their community.
Nominations are invited each year and judged by a panel chaired by the Mayor of Lambeth, who presents the awards immediately before a full council meeting.
This year's recipients included Cathy Preece from community group the Kennington Association, Donna Henry from the Clapham Park Estate, Sheila Regent from the Streatham Cat Rescue Service, and Ganesh Hall from the Caribbean Hindu Society.
Also honoured were Eddie Sanders, organiser of the St Bartholomew's Church Youth Club and Roger Bowdery, who is responsible for organising Streatham's Armistice Day Service of Remembrance?
The Borough Award went to William and Irene Kirby, who have raised thousands of pounds for the South East London branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Society, as well as supporting a host of local organisations.
They were all put forward for the award by fellow residents in recognition of their selfless commitment to different causes, ranging from fundraising for good causes to bringing the community together.
"Every day in Lambeth, people who care about their fellow residents and neighbourhoods make a positive contribution to the lives of others, " said Councillor Christopher Wellbelove, the Mayor of Lambeth.
"Our civic award ceremony gives the opportunity to recognise and reward these people who help others and really make a difference in their community."