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Civic awards 2017

Extraordinary people who have made outstanding contributions to the Royal Borough of Greenwich were honoured at the Civic Awards 2017. 
Over 30 worthy winners received certificates and a small gift from the Leader of the Council Councillor Denise Hyland, who was joined by Mayor of Royal Greenwich Councillor Olu Babatola. 
The fifth annual awards ceremony, which was held at Woolwich Town Hall, was hosted by Chief Executive John Comber and included a performance from the Woolwich Singers. 
The winners in the community category were, the leaders of the Greenwich Volunteer Police Cadets,Ugur Celikbilek, Kieren Gentleman, Karen Stapley, Amanda Wixon, Andrew Wixon and Mike Price, Pastor Michael Olawore of the New Wine Church, Surinder Kaur Virdee of the Guru Nanak Bhai Lalo Khalsa School, Louisa Le Marchand for her work with Global Fusion, Penny Rockall for volunteering with Charlton Athletic Community Trust and Agnes Forde, the first President of Irish Community Services and President of Greenwich Irish Pensioners Association won for inspiring others and being a great ambassador. 

The winner of the young person’s outstanding achievement award was Chad Ndebele who has worked tirelessly as an advocate and ambassador for LGBTQ young people both in the Borough and across the country. 
There were five winners in the volunteer award category, Gyan Tamang, Sue Tucker, Alison Ikpitan, Hazera Jannath Rahman and Hayley Downes. The Plumstead Pantry, More 2 Childcare and Archery Fit were winners in the business award category.

The winners in the act of courage category were Emma Benet, PC Marcus Sinkinson and PC Ben Cochrane, Vasil Nakov, Sonya Angelova and James Yeoburn. The three winners in the sporting achievement category were Paralympic silver medallist Matthew Robertson, Susannah Rodgers, Greenwich's most decorated athlete and Daryll Neita, a Team GB athlete. Brigadier Ken Timbers won the arts and entertainment award. The four incredible winners of the lifetime achievement award, Nick Edwards, Charles Roper Medhurst, Phyllis Iwowo and the Metro Judo Club.

Leader of the Royal Borough Councillor Denise Hyland said: "The Civic Awards celebrate our unsung local heroes and organisations who dedicate their time to helping others. Their efforts provide an incredible example and truly make the Royal Borough such a great place.  

“We should be proud of all our winners as well as thankful for their tireless hard work. I would also like to thank everyone who took the time to make a nomination.”
Mayor of the Royal Borough Councillor Olu Babatola added: "These awards showcase people who help their community and beyond. Judging the nominations was a difficult task because the standard was so high so I would like to congratulate every one of our winners for their efforts.

The Chamber’s President, Helen McIntosh was very pleased to have been a member of the judging panel and found the Civic Awards Ceremony a moving event. The Chamber is looking forward to working with RBG on the new Business Awards which will take place in the Autumn.