EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE RECOGNIZED WITH NATIONAL HONOUR
Communities across Britain are celebrating ‘ordinary’ people doing extraordinary things as 29 people have been honoured with a national award.
Twenty-nine people, from a range of backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities, were given a British Citizen Award last month, after being selected from public nominations by a panel of independent assessors.
The medallists were honoured at a prestigious ceremony on January 26, at the Palace of Westminster, hosted by Lord Dholakia. The awards were presented by TV presenter Bradley Walsh. All BCA recipients have positively impacted society undertaking various activities in support of a number of causes. Each received a Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’. Medalists are also invited to use the initials BCA after their name.
The British Citizen Awards, in partnership with InMoment, were launched in January 2015 to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society. BCAs are awarded twice annually, and recognise ‘everyday’ people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.
The awards have attracted support from several high-profile patrons, including Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Specsavers co-founder, Dame Mary Perkins, Pall-Ex CEO, Hilary Devey and TV presenter, Bradley Walsh.
Those who received medals included Croydon pastor, Dele Adeoye, who has been running a food bank for 10 years; 72-year-old Dr Joseph Waas, of Saundby, who has put his patients first for the past 43 years; and selfless Bradford man, Mohammed Saddique, who has dedicated more than 40 years to supporting victims of crime.
The awards are in partnership with customer experience management company, InMoment, and are supported by the world’s largest optical retailer, Specsavers; one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, Places for People; leading ethical law firm Irwin Mitchell; the UK and Europe’s leading palletised freight distribution company, Pall-Ex, owned by BCAs Patron Hilary Devey; and specialist marketing, PR and communications agency, Lime Marketing – which each had representatives at the ceremony presenting awards.