Special town hall ceremony honours volunteers who helped others during pandemic

Published: Thursday, September 30, 2021

People from all walks of life who worked tirelessly to support others in our community during the pandemic were honoured in a special awards ceremony at the town hall last night (Wednesday).

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More than 70 amazing volunteers and partner organisations who rose to the challenge of the pandemic and went out of their way to care for and support others in need were all recognised and congratulated by the Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Richard Field at last night’s event.

All were presented with a framed and embossed certificate of thanks along with a special commemorative Mayor of Wandsworth badge.

In his speech to those in attendance Cllr Field said: “This evening is a very special one where we welcome so many of our extraordinary volunteers and others who have made significant contributions during the pandemic.

“Those who have served our diverse community so well here in Wandsworth during challenging times. Those who have kept us safe and continue to provide support in our day to day lives.

“As your mayor and with consultation with the leader of the council we felt it was right and appropriate that we should acknowledge and recognise the outstanding service given by our volunteers, the selfless heroes who have given so much to others.

“Those who have provided support, particularly our frontline NHS staff, at times emotionally drained, but fighting to save lives, along with others from all walks of life who have shone. Volunteer support in this borough has risen to the occasion to meet the challenges in exemplary ways to provide comfort, patience and understanding, professionalism, and an on-going commitment. We are proud to have you with us tonight.”

Paying tribute to the local charity sector and those who provided PPE, in community kitchens, local shops, care homes, foodbanks and those who work in libraries, on refuse collections, the borough’s street cleaners, postal service, churches, temples and mosques,  the mayor added: “All have displayed a desire to make things happen and serve our community with a ‘can-do’ attitude – not forgetting our brave emergency services, the ambulance service, police, fire brigade and RNLI who all keep us safe.

“This is a caring borough which shows compassion and strives to ease the burden on those who need support. I have seen this in action whilst carrying out my mayoral engagements across Wandsworth. I wish to acknowledge this work and thank those involved and recognise their outstanding contributions during challenging and testing times.”

As well as receiving framed certificates and badges, all those who received an award last night will have their names added to the Wandsworth roll of honour.

Those recognised last night are:

Shakeel Ahmed - Ahmaddiya Muslim Community

Bernard Akakpo - Balham Seventh Day Adventist Community Church 

Pravin Amin - President, National Association of Patidar Samaj

Daniel Andrews – GLL Libraries Partnership Manager

Donna Barham - Kambala estate residents association

Niall Barrett- NHS

Sahar Beg - Tooting Foodbank

Laurie Black – Wandsworth Parks Police

Alison Blair – Wandsworth Common Women’s Institute

Paul Brewer – Sound Minds

Sally Brown - Balham Seventh Day Adventist Community Church – Emergency Food Supply

Jonathan Brown - St Andrew's Church, Earlsfield

Canon Simon Butler – St Mary’s Church, Battersea

Manuel Button – Wandsworth Community Transport

Sarah Chapman – Wandsworth Foodbank

Simon Cooper-Grundy – Enable Leisure and Culture

Frances Craig – Putney Library

Andrew Crutchlow – Kambala Estate Residents Association

Arshad Daud – Balham and Tooting Mosque

Fred Day-Brosnan – Power to Connect

Natalie De Silva – Age UK Wandsworth

Matt Dean – Hillsong Church

Senia Dedic – WOW Mums

Mike Dignam – Generate UK

Su Elliot – Outreach Project

Mary-Ann Foxwell – Citizens Advice Wandsworth

Lorinda Freint Wandsworth Council Economic Development Office

Dan Frith – Wandsworth Foodbank

Meg Fry – Home Community Cafe

Amy Furguson - Generate

Jimmy Garcia – Jimmy Garcia Catering

Betty Gladstone – Kambala Estate Residents Association

Liz Hacker – Library Manager

Hadas Hagos - Waste Not Want Not

Marie Hanson MBE - STORM

Michael Hill - The Wiser Collective

Sarah Hill - The Wiser Collective

Gill Hynes – Power to Connect

Kamrul Islam – Sainsbury’s

Syeda Islam MBE - Battersea Rotary Club

Reverend Aaron Kennedy - Coronavirus Angels

Peter Lanigan-O’Keefe - Ethelburga Community Residents Association

Roz Lloyd-Williams - The Junction (Clapham Junction Business Improvement District) 

Nigel Lockley - Family Action

Imogen Loucas – Wandsworth Libraries

Patrick Malone - Wandsworth Libraries

Ali Malvern – Wandsworth Council

Gillian McGrandles - Wandsworth Libraries

Lisa McManus - Kambala Estate Residents Association

Gaby McWhinnie - St Michael’s with St Stephen’s Church 

Lisa Moodie - Spear

Kate Moon -Little Village Wandsworth

Isabel Oakley-Chapman – Power to Connect

Father David O’Malley - Battersea Angels

Jonathan Palma - Citizens Advice Roehampton

Heather Peterson - Hestia Café

Clare Redway - The Wiser Collective

Andy Smith – Regenerate

Mo Smith - Regenerate-RISE

Margy Sullivan - South London Swimming Club

Kelvin Taylor - North East Surrey Crematorium

Rosie Taylor-Davies - The Scrubbery

George Turner – Carney’s Community

Rebecca Watts - Southfields Grid Alliance 

Charlotte White - Earlsfield Foodbank

Sharon Wright – Wandsworth Council

Abdirahman Xirsi - Elays Network

Framed certificates were also presented to representatives of the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Brigade and St George’s Hospital.