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8 - Civic award winner backs search for community heroes

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The search to find community heroes of Dudley borough has been backed by a previous winner.

Nominations are open for the Mayor’s civic awards which celebrate the people who go above and beyond in the borough.

There are seven awards including a special Mayor’s award which goes to someone who has stood out to him on his civic duties throughout the year.

Raj Kaur, owner of Unique Fitness for Ladies Only, won last year’s Mayor’s award for her work providing free fitness and nutrition classes for children during the school holidays.

She backed this year’s award and urged other people to get involved.

Raj Kaur, owner of Unique Fitness for Ladies Only, in Dudley, said:

“It was such an amazing privilege to be recognised at the Mayor’s Ball and Civic Awards last year. The other winners were a real inspiration and gave everyone the opportunity to see the fantastic work they are doing in their community.

“People should take the time to nominate someone special for an award and give them the recognition they deserve.”

Local businesses have backed this year’s awards which are all named after heroes of the borough.

They are the Duncan Edwards award for sport, sponsored by Nordic Timber Buildings, the Cedric Hardwicke award for arts, sponsored by GMB Union, the Frank Foley award for community spirit, sponsored by Cushillo Personnel, the Thomas Attwood award for education, sponsored by The School Travel Company, the Mike Holder award for business, sponsored by Dudley College and the William Shenstone award for environment, sponsored by Jessup Brothers.

Nominations are now open and people can put names forward until February 19.

The seventh category is the Mayor’s award and is decided by the public in an online vote later this month (February).

Councillor Mohammed Hanif, Mayor of Dudley, said:

“It only takes a few minutes to nominate someone special for an award but it has a lasting impression on the wider public in celebrating the work they do and inspiring others.”

The winners and runners-up will be presented with their prize – a bespoke piece of glass designed by local glass artist Allister Malcolm and a certificate by the Mayor of Dudley at the Mayor’s Ball and Civic Awards at the Copthorne Hotel, Brierley Hill in March. The annual ball, which is this year sponsored by A1 Rentals and Pro-Tech Pavers, raises thousands of pounds for the Mayor’s chosen charities each year and award winners will have the chance to celebrate their achievements with distinguished guests.

People can nominate online at www.mayorofdudley.org.uk/civicawards or can pick up a nomination form from libraries and leisure centres across the borough. Alternatively contact communications and public affairs on 01384 817449 for a form. People can also purchase tickets for the ball online at www.mayorofdudley.org.uk/mayorsballtickets or by calling 01384 81561.

Completed forms should be sent to Mayor’s Civic Awards nominations, communications and public affairs, Dudley Council, FREEPOST MID22308, Dudley, DY1 1BR by February 19.

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Notes to editors

The Mayor of Dudley’s charities are Friends of Alfie Johnson, Diabetes UK Dudley branch and Dudley CIL.

Pictured: Raj Kaur

About the Mayor’s Civic Awards

The Duncan Edwards awards for sport is named after Dudley’s most famous footballing son who tragically died aged 21, in the 1958 Munich air disaster. This is for those who have achieved in any sport. They may have represented a group, borough or even the country or overcome adversity such as illness or disability to achieve a personal goal.  It is also to celebrate and thank those who give their time to working behind the scenes at our local sporting clubs and groups.

Last year Zara Jade Turton, who has Down’s Syndrome, won the award and is a pupil at Windsor High School where she has a passion for rhythmic gymnastics.

The Cedric Hardwicke Award for arts, is in memory of Sir Cedric, born at Lye Cross in 1893. He went on to become a legend of the British stage and a leader of the British community in Hollywood. This is for people who have contributed to raising the profile of the arts in the borough – whether it be art, amateur dramatics, or music. This person may be the star of the show or they could work behind the scenes, helping to make it happen.

The Fizzogs, famous for their dancing grannies routine, won the arts award last year.

The Frank Foley Award for community spirit, honours the man dubbed the British Schindler. Frank risked his life to save 10,000 Jews while working as an MI6 agent in Berlin. This is for people who make an outstanding contribution to the community – whether it’s popping in on a neighbour every day, organising or supporting community, sports or arts groups, or improving the locality for the benefit of everyone.

Rachael Gardener, from Stourbridge, won last year’s award for her work in setting up the We Love Carers charity.

The Thomas Attwood Award for education remembers a man, born in Halesowen in 1783, who was a leader for parliamentary reform. Thomas was instrumental in bringing about the 1832 Reform Act – which gave counties and large towns greater representation in parliament and virtually tripled the electorate. This award is for those who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve the standard of education in the borough. This may be someone who gives up their time to help at an after school club or who offers support to learners of all ages.

Last year, Linda Perkins, head teacher at St Mary’s CE Primary School in Kingswinford, won the award for her outstanding leadership at the school.

The William Shenstone award for environment celebrates the work of the famous landscape gardener. Shenstone was born on the family estate at The Leasowes, Halesowen, and was educated at the town’s grammar school. As a poet he was critically admired, but locally he is perhaps best remembered for developing the gardens at The Leasowes.

Last year Roy Burgess, from Halesowen, won the award for his conservation work across the borough.

The Mike Holder award for business is in memory of Mike Holder, President of the Black Country Chamber for three years in succession. He was also well known for his work in championing local Black Country Businesses and their interests.

This award went to Klick Business Solutions, a Wordsley based firm specialising in supporting public and private sector sourcing, researching and presenting tender submissions.

The Mayor will make his personal choices for the Mayor’s Award. The four nominees will then face a public vote in February, via the council’s website.

Last year Raj Kaur, owner of Unique Fitness in Dudley, won the award.

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Chris Howes - 01384 815219 - pressoffice@dudley.gov.uk