Royal Borough heroes celebrated

06 April 2017

Nine unsung local heroes received prestigious Mayor’s Awards last night (Wednesday 5 April 2017) in recognition of their dedicated community work.

Running since 2000, the Mayor’s Awards provide an opportunity for the Council to acknowledge the contribution local people make to enhance the lives of others.

Speaking about the awards the Royal Borough’s Mayor, Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Rutherford, said:

“Since I became Mayor it has been a great pleasure to meet the many wonderful people who work tirelessly for the benefit of others. These unsung heroes give their time, dedication and skills to make Kensington and Chelsea such a great place to live and work.

“I am delighted that in this small way we can recognise these remarkable people and celebrate their achievements.”

Receiving the Mayor’s Awards for services to the community were:
• Charles Barber for his work as Chief Executive of the Kensington and Chelsea Citizens’ Advice Bureau;
• Rosemary Clover-Brown for her voluntary work with Glass Door a homeless charity
• Zara Ghods for her services to the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents both as a volunteer and a trustee
• Mrs Malihe Khan for the service she has given over many years alongside her late husband to prevent older people living in North Kensington from becoming isolated and for her wider work in promoting older people’s health and well-being
• Frances Manthos for her work founding the charity Calling London and distributing thousands of warm winter coats to people in need
• Sister Ancy Mathew for her work with charity Rehab which cares for women affected by prostitution and human trafficking
• Amanda Sayers for her services to Royal Borough schools and her outstanding successes bringing about transformative improvements at Bevington, Park Walk and Sion-Manning
• Mariya Stoeva for her services supporting those with disabilities and, in particular, her work with Action Disability Kensington and Chelsea
• Caroline Tod-Richardson for her services to the community in Earl’s Court and, in particular, her work in supporting older people and the arts.

If you know of anyone who has given their services, paid or unpaid, for the benefit of others, the Council would like to know. Nominations will be sought in the autumn for the 2017 awards, which will be presented early in 2018. The people nominated do not have to live in the Royal Borough. It may be that they work here, come into the borough to do voluntary work or have lived here in the past but continue to make a contribution to borough.

For details on how to get an application form for next year’s awards call the Mayor's Office on 020 7361 2431.