Islington Civic Awards and Ben Kinsella Award: Nominate your favourite community heroes now
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The Gazette is proud to once again sponsor Islington’s civic awards.
Each year the Mayor of Islington heads a panel of judges to find our borough’s most inspiring and generous unsung heroes.
Last year’s crop included a publican, a disability rights champion, a campaigning vicar and a health charity.
This year? That’s up to you.
If you know someone who has contributed something extra special to life in Islington – through volunteering or campaigning, say – or someone who has beaten the odds and is a fantastic example to others, then please nominate them.
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You have until January 20 to get their names in, with as much information as possible to help the judges – of whom I as Gazette editor will be one – choose the most deserving.
One special gong will go to a young person who has made a positive mark on the community around them – the Ben Kinsella Award, named in memory of the teenager who was savagely and wastefully stabbed to death in June 2008.
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Through this award, Ben’s legacy lives on, and his parents Debbie and George go up on stage each year to celebrate one of Islington’s brightest rising stars – as Ben himself was.
Last year, that went to Filsan Hassan, a model student at the Samuel Rhodes School who has published her own book and spoken at Islington Learning Disability Parnership – in between volunteering for charities.
It’s made even more impressive by the fact Filsan lives with a serious condition – Williams Syndrome, which affects her heart and development.
Debbie Kinsella told her in March: “You are indeed an excellent role model for your peers and I could not think of a more worthy winner of this award.”
The winners will be announced at an Assembly Hall ceremony on March 16.
To nominate someone, visit islington.gov.uk/mayor to fill in the form.
There are also hard copies available – call the mayor’s office on 020 7527 3113 for details.