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The Review's Inspiring People awards with Debenhams Ottaway Solicitors a 'very special' evening
Inspirational people in St Albans were recognised for their contributions to the community at an awards ceremony last night.
Eight winners from across the city gathered at the presentation ceremony in Ivy House, St Peter's St, to collect their awards in recognition of their work to encourage, support, mentor and inspire young people across the district.
Once again the St Albans and Harpenden Review has teamed up with law firm Debenhams Ottaway Solicitors to run the ‘Inspiring People Awards’ and over the last year have both met an inspiring person every month.
During the presentation, mayor of the city, Councillor Eileen Harris awarded the winners with their commendation alongside Debenhams Ottaway Chief Executive Ian Hopkins.
The Mayor of St Albans said: "I am really pleased to be here and it is great to see such a great diversity in the city of people doing work in the community.
"People are very busy nowadays and it is great to see people volunteering and giving up their time to help others.
"The benefit for young people is a benefit for the future. They can take the wonderful guidance they receive forward into their lives."
Winners during the evening were Jane Cutler, Liz Jones, Lisa Valla, Lucy Baldock, Jo Gill, David Barker, Guy Marshall and Fred Munt.
The other winners, Helen Hopkins, Liz Jack, Natalie Cumming and Maheen Mufti were unable to make the presentation evening.
Debenhams Ottaway’s Louise Attrup said: "Over the last year, I have been out to meet and present these volunteers with their awards.
"It is important to recognise ordinary people who show extra dedication to their community in and around St Albans. I have met some really lovely people."
Guy Marshall, a St Albans Cub leader who was named the winner of October’s Inspiring People award, said he had a lovely evening.
He has dedicated 45 years of his life to the scouting service and was joined by his friend Michael Beshonges who nominated him for the award.
Guy Marshall with mayor of St Albans Councillor Eileen Harris
Mr Marshall said: "I am really impressed and it is nice to meet other volunteers and hear about their exploits, achievements and commitment to youth work in the community. "
Lisa Valla, headteacher of London Colney Primary School, received February’s Inspiring People award, after being nominated by fellow staff and pupils at the school.
While she was presented with her award, Ian Hopkins read out a letter from one of her pupils which explained why Mrs Valla was such a "brilliant, calm funny and kind teacher."
Lisa Valla with mayor of St Albans Councillor Eileen Harris
Mrs Valla said: "It has been a fantastic evening and it was touching to hear the letter from one of the children read out.
"It has been very special."