Mayor's Pride Awards 'confirm what a wonderful place St Albans is to live' (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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Community heroes celebrated at St Albans Mayor's Pride Awards
Individuals were celebrated for their achievements in the community at the Mayor’s Pride Awards on Thursday.
All the finalists were invited to an awards ceremony at the Alban Arena where their work was showcased in short films throughout the evening.
The awards organised by St Albans District Council celebrated people and groups who go the extra mile for others.
Each year, the city’s mayor invites nominations for each award category and a panel of judges then selects the winners.
The mayor also gave her own awards for bravery and for contributions to the community by a group and individual.
She said: "The Mayor’s Pride Awards are the perfect opportunity for us all to celebrate together the remarkable work carried out in our district by so many unsung heroes. The nominations this year hugely exceeded my expectations and confirm what a wonderful place St Albans and District is to live."
The award winners are:
Community Champion of the Year
Alison set up a gift shop selling products produced by local artists. Profits go to ‘Herts Against Cancer’.
Cultural Innovation Award
Leoni worked with local volunteers to create a film festival in St Albans.
Young Person of Distinction
Michael Albon and Nick Sutton
This award was given jointly to two young people. Michael, is a volunteer with a variety of organisations, including ReachOut Plus, and Nick, as Vice-Chair of St Albans Youth Council, has campaigned on issues affecting young people.
Community Project of the Year
2:67 Project - Love Harpenden
This project involved young people hosting several events in the town centre with the main aim of brightening the day for people.
Community Oriented Business of the Year
Harpenden Building Society
This Hertfordshire-based building society supports charities, events and organisations that contribute to the quality of life in the local community.
Environmental Champion of the Year
The teacher of Environmental Studies at Nicholas Breakspear School has set up a school farm and runs a school bee-keeping club.
Voluntary Sector Award
The 80-year-old has volunteered with Home-Start for 11 years, supporting local families and children.
Inclusive Communities Award
Ian Woods and St Albans City Youth Disabled Football section
They have brought together a large group of disabled athletes in the District to play sport, learn coaching and management skills.
Mayor's Bravery Award
Matthew was given the award for protecting people as a result of his brave actions. Early last year he detained a man armed with a machete who was intent on attacking staff at the Tesco Extra store in Hatfield.
Mayor's Recognition Group Award
St Albans Cathedral
The Mayor recognised the cathedral’s commitment and dedication to promoting St Albans as a cultural and historic City through various events. These include The Alban Pilgrimage, The St Albans International Organ Festival, Magna Carta 800 celebrations and the St Albans Fashion Show.
Mayor's Recognition Individual Award
The Mayor recognised John’s contribution to improving the street scene in Wheathampstead Village and St Albans City centre.
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