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Local heroes honoured at Community Heroes Awards

24 March 2022

Last night, Wednesday 23 March, local individuals and groups were honoured at Richmond upon Thames’ annual Community Heroes Awards in York House.

Over 100 inspiring individuals, groups and businesses were nominated across ten categories.  

The Community Heroes Awards aim to highlight those working and living in Richmond upon Thames who go above and beyond to make their communities a better place in which to live, work, and learn.

Following the successive cancellations of the annual in-person ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last night’s event was the first in-person awards held at York House since 2019.

The winners are:  

  • Business contribution in the community - Meet & Deep Newsagents, for acting as a local hub for those who may be isolated, in need or simply looking for a friendly chat
  • Community Project of the Year - Food for Thought Heathfield, for distributing surplus food from local businesses back into the community every week
  • Outstanding Volunteer - Andrew White and Vincent Seabrook, both for their extensive work as peer mentors at SPEAR
  • Environmental Award - Jenine Langrish, for her work with local environment causes like the Making Air Safe and Clean Coalition and Richmond and Twickenham Friends of the Earth
  • Community Group of the Year  - Linden Hall Community Centre, for partnering with organisations and volunteers across the borough to improve lives, from reducing isolation to supporting parents and carers
  • Helping Hands - Su Harper-Clarke, for bringing together local mothers during periods of lockdown through the Teddington Immunity Boost Walks, when many were struggling with pressures of home-schooling and loneliness
  • Trustee of the Year - Andrea Samuelson, for her work leading the Board of Trustees at local charity Small Steps
  • Young Person Achievement - Lydia Roebuck, for her campaign work with the Richmond and Kingston Youth Council, ensuring young people have their voices heard in the borough
  • Communities Together  - Crossroads Care Richmond & Kingston, for providing practical, mental and emotional support to hundreds of unpaid carers in our communities
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Alison and Kevin Sears, for over 20 years of work with organisations like the Richmond branch of the National Autistic Society and the Richmond Parent Carer Forum

Read more about all the shortlisted nominees.

Cllr Michael Wilson, Spokesperson for Communities, Equalities & the Voluntary Sector, said:

“After so long without in-person awards ceremonies it was great to be back in York House last night for the 2022 Community Heroes’ Award ceremony.

“I was inspired by the amazing work being done by so many residents and it was wonderful that we could bring all the nominees together to show our gratitude for their continued contribution to our community. Congratulations to all this year’s nominees and thank you to all those who made submissions for their Community Heroes’.”

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