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2020 Community Heroes show community spirit is stronger than ever

Release Date: 22 February 2021

Over fifty inspiring individuals, groups and businesses have been recognised across ten categories, as Richmond Council announces its 2020 Community Heroes’ Awards.

Richmond Council received over 200 nominations for this year’s awards which celebrates those willing to go above and beyond to make their communities better places in which to live and work. This year’s awards also took on the additional role of recognising the huge local response to the  
COVID-19 pandemic. 

Nominations ranged from environmental projects to sporting activities, community initiatives and charity trustees. Due to the sheer volume of nominations received this year, for the following categories no shortlist could be selected by our judges: Outstanding Volunteer, Helping Hands, Young Person Achievement. All nominees for these categories will be sent a certificate of commendation. 

All those shortlisted have been sent a certificate, as well as our winners who have been written to by Cllr Michael Wilson. There will be no celebration event currently due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Cllr Michael Wilson, Cabinet Member for Equality, Communities and the Voluntary Sector said:  

'It should be a badge of pride and honour for this borough that each year we see such a staggering breadth of work done by our residents, expecting nothing in return, to make their communities a better place to in which to live.   

'Whether you give of your time as an individual or a group, the time commitment and motivation is significant. This is a chance for us to show our gratitude to you for all that you do, especially during this year which has provided many challenges for us all. 

'I hope to welcome our shortlisted nominees to a celebration event in person when we are able, but for now I want to warmly congratulate and thank you all for everything you have done and continue to do for our borough'.

The Winners

Business Contribution in the Community   

The Angel & Crown 

Community Group of the Year   

Richmond upon Thames Neighbourhood Care Groups 

Community Project of the Year  

SPADE gardening project 

Environmental Award 

Ian George Andrews 

Helping Hands 

Ginny Spittle  

Outstanding Sporting Achievement   

Richmond Parkrun 

Young Person Achievement   

George Muderack 

Trustee of the Year 

Robert Bollen 

Outstanding Volunteer 

No winner could be selected for this category, all have been sent certificates of commendation. 

The Lifetime Achievement award has been given posthumously to Howard Greenwood

Howard was Chairman and Music director of the Richmond Concert Society for over 57 years and worked with the Arts Council Schools music trust as well as in a community partnership with the RFU. He was a frequent judge at the May Day fairs on Richmond and Twickenham Green, and has encouraged many young children in the borough to take up musical instruments. Sadly Howard has recently passed away and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. 

 See the full list of nominees.   

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Jeff Gibbons on 020 8487 5178.

Reference: P076/21

Updated: 24 March 2021