COMMUNITY AWARDS PAY TRIBUTE TO LOCAL HEROES
Written by Inspire FM on November 9, 2021
Imam Qazi Abdul Aziz Chisthi Sahib was amongst those honoured at last week’s Luton & Bedfordshire Community Awards 2020/21.
The widely-respected community and faith leader received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the community, especially over the Covid-19 pandemic.
Also recognised was Sarah Pollard, the much-loved headteacher of Southfield Primary School, who lost her life recently to breast cancer.
She was one of many heroes whose achievements were celebrated during Friday night’s ceremony.
Sarah was commended for her community efforts following the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, in March last year.
Also recognised on an emotional evening was Daniel Pallett, an engineering teacher at Chiltern Academy, who made 14,000 visors as part of the local response.
Along with the Luton & Dunstable Hospital COVID Crisis Team, Daniel was the joint recipient of the Winner of Winners Award.
Mostaque Koyes, founder of the Luton & Bedfordshire Community Awards, paid tribute to the winners.
“Through the challenges and adversity of the past 18 months have emerged heroes, people from our communities that have shown love, care and compassion,” said Mostaque.
“We are proud that, with these Awards, we have been able to share these inspiring stories. I want to congratulate all those that were recognised on the evening by the judges.
“I also want to thank all those that made the awards possible, including our sponsors. They enabled us to tell these stories of ordinary people performing acts of extraordinary kindness.”
Since their inception 12 years ago, the Awards have recognised hundreds of people for their efforts in the region, and in the process, raised many thousands of pounds for charities.
Winners 2021 – FULL LIST
Mayors Award – Imam Qazi Aziz
Step up and Stand Out – Molly’s Lewsey Farm
Response Team Champions (Joint winners) – The L&D COVID Crisis Team & Shri Guru Ravidass Sangat
Young Hero (Joint winners) – Anoosha Zafar Malik & Joy Stock
Charity Fundraiser of the Year – Discover Islam
Service with a Smile (Joint winners) – Nicola Davis & Duncan Stirling
Role Model of the Year – Nikhil Dodhia
Community Business of the Year – Niis Beauty
Community Project of the Year – The Big Trunk Trail
Exceptional Achievement – Daniel Pallet
The Arts Award – Imrana Mahmood
The Mark West Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Award – Sanjeev Kumar
Helping Hand Award – Kevin Poulton
Lifetime Achievement – Imam Qazi Aziz
The Masked Hero Award – Dr Amir Reyahi
The Masked Angel Award – Lisa Woodisons
Volunteer of the Year – Musthafa Hussain
Educator of the Year – Collette Simpson
Winner of Winners (Joint winners) – The L&D COVID Crisis Team & Daniel Pallett