Greatest, bravest and kindest honoured at Islington Mayor’s Civic Awards

The winners of the Mayor of Islington's Civic Awards 2014 with then Mayor Cllr Barry Edwards

The winners of the Mayor of Islington's Civic Awards 2014 with then Mayor Cllr Barry Edwards - Credit: Archant

The bravest, most caring and downright tenacious residents will be recognised at the Mayor of Islington’s Civic Award 2015.

Nominations for the accolades - held in conjunction with the Gazette - are now open for people who go the extra mile to make life better in the borough.

Last year’s winners included a couple who helped stop a machete-wielding maniac’s murderous rampage and a wheelchair-bound woman whose determination helped improve the lives of thousands of disabled people across the country.

Cllr Theresa Debono, Mayor of Islington, said: “This borough is full of people who selflessly help others without demanding or expecting any reward.

“Now is the time to show how much we appreciate these hidden acts of kindness.

“If you know a community hero, nominate them for an award and let’s show them how much we value these important contributions to Islington.”

The awards will be given out at a gala ceremony at the Islington Assembly Hall, in Upper Street, Islington, on March 10.

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Also among last year’s winners was a woman who looked after literally hundreds of young people during her three decades as a foster career and a group of DJ’s who run club nights for people with disabilities.

Young people, aged 18 and under, whose actions have made a positive mark in Islington are honoured with a separate award named after Ben Kinsella, the teenage who was tragically murdered in 2008.

Nominees for both awards can be family members or carers, charity volunteers, local entrepreneurs and employers, or neighbours.

Matt Withers, editor of the Gazette, said: “We are incredibly proud to be part of these awards, which honour the unsung heroes of Islington who push the boat out for their friends, neighbours and relatives.”

Entries can be made until January 23. Click here or pick up a nomination from libraries and schools acroos the borough.