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The Mayor’s Pride Awards 2020
Hosted by : Radio Verulam

Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, the announcement of the winners of this year's St Albans Mayor's Pride Awards took place exclusively on 92.6FM Radio Verulam.

Join the compere, our very own Jonny Seabrook. Plus, via a combination of digital link ups and phone calls, the Mayor of St Albans and this year's nominees as we will all find out where the awards are going right here on Radio Verulam.

The winners are highlighted in bold below, along with the runners up

Young Person of Distinction
Winner - Zac, Finn and Josh Pile - Brothers who formed a band (Princes to Kings) to raise money for epilepsy charities in support of their brother, who lives with the condition
Runner up - Jack Brenson - Exceptional young carer, rugby player and equestrian
Runner up - Macey Breaks- Outstanding pupil at Nicholas Breakspear School

Voluntary Sector Award
Winner - Winter Beds Project, with special commendation to Kerry Pollard and Lucy Gaygusuz - Project run in association with the Open Door Charity and St Albans City Centre Churches
Runner up - Doretta Hogan - A volunteer of long-standing for the Open Door charity
Runner up - Andrew Wrentmore - An energetic cub and scout leader

Inclusive Communities Award
Winner - Herts Young Homeless - Herts-based charity helping young homeless people
Runner up - Rebekah Afari - An administrative volunteer with Communities 1st and champion of deaf people’s rights
Runner up - The Big Iftar - An event held in May 2019 to bring together nearly 500 people of all faiths and none to share in the breaking of the fast during Ramadan.

Environmental Champion of the Year
Winner - Marianne Jordan - A campaigner whose ‘Ethical Fridays’ group goes from strength to strength
Runner up - Ian Burnett - Scout leader who has worked on tree-planting and litter picking projects
Runner up - Nadia Bishara - created the ever growing Wilderhood Watch, an ever growing group of local people making things better for wildlife in their own gardens and public places in the local area

Community Project of the Year
Winner - Passport to Leisure Started 12 or so years ago to give people with Learning Disabilities a social life away from parents and carers
Runner up - Daylight Club - A small but essential community project that provides a wide range of stimulating activities, events and visits for people with a variety of physical and learning disabilities
Runner up - Nast Hyde Halt (Mike Izzard) - A project to enhance a neglected section of the Alban Way and bring an old railway Halt back to life.

Cultural Innovation Award
Winner - Alfie Nikitis - Poverty campaigner
Runner up - Graham Kentsley - St Albans-born entrepreneur, film producer and philanthropist

Community Champion of the Year
Winner - Kathy Green - Senior volunteer helper at Jersey Farm Day Care Centre
Runner up - Sharon Linney -Trail-blazing champion of St Albans and campaigner with St Albans Action for Homeless
Runner up - Rushna Miah - Chair of Hertfordshire Asian Women’s Association

Community Oriented Business of the Year
Winner - The Boot (Sean Hughes) - Campaigner for small businesses and champion of good causes, raising thousands for charity each year
Runner up - Oakman Inns/Richard Batchelar/The Beech House - The venue promotes businesses in the community and has pioneered a mental health awareness week with It’s OK to say
Runner up - Tara Acton/Tara’s Vegan Treats - Making a vegan lifestyle seem attractive to even the most sceptical

Mayor’s special award
Winner - Helen Whitehouse of the St Albans Good Neighbour Scheme

Picture by Tia Fields