Gallery: Community champions honoured by Mayor at annual awards

Winner of the Creating a Safer Redbridge individual award, Audine Brandford

Winner of the Creating a Safer Redbridge individual award, Audine Brandford - Credit: Jame Burns

Redbridge’s best and brightest turned out in their glad rags on Monday for the annual Mayor’s Community Awards at the town hall.

The awards recognise those who have gone beyond the call of duty to make their communities kinder and their borough a better place.

The winner of the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Young Citizen Award 2014 was finally announced.

Nine-year-old Isabella Field from Woodford Green, who came with her mum and dad, was presented with her trophy by the Mayor, Cllr Ashley Kissin.

The Best Business Contribution to the Community award was won by Allan Neat of A&C Fruiterers in Manford Way, Ilford, for the invaluable service he and his staff have offered to their community.

David Backhouse won the Contribution in Support of Young People award for his work as Winston Way Primary’s and Mayfield School’s chair of governors as well as volunteering with Barnardo’s.

The group award went to the Friday Evening Swimming Club whose youth volunteers help children with disabilities every week.

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The 25 years spent with Victim Support led Audine Brandford to win the Creating a Safer Redbridge award which was presented by Ch Supt Int Sue Williams, the police borough commander.

Sue Cunningham was awarded the prize for Making a Greener Redbridge for her work with allotments in Goodmayes and for rounding up, rescuing and neutering stray and feral cats.

Dera Sacha Sauda UK, a volunteer clean up group, won the organisational green award.

Finally, Dr Winston Soloman was awarded the Caring for Others in Redbridge for going the extra mile for his patients at a surgery in Bathurst Road, Ilford.

The group award for caring went to Redbridge Asian Mandal who help over 700 members by offering them food and trips which they wouldn’t otherwise experience.

See our full report and pictures in this week’s Recorder out on Thursday.