Mayor of Redbridge’s Community Awards honours borough champions

PUBLISHED: 17:47 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:48 23 March 2018

Geetisha Neermul won the Taking Pride in Redbridge award. Photo: Ellie Hoskins

Geetisha Neermul won the Taking Pride in Redbridge award. Photo: Ellie Hoskins

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The great and the good of Redbridge were honoured before an audience full of anticipation on Thursday.

The Mayor’s Community Awards evening celebrates the borough’s champions – those who have gone above and beyond to make the Redbridge a better place.

Hosted by the Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Linda Huggett and compered by Lee Thompson, the evening at Redbridge Town Hall included the announcement of the winner and runner-up of the Ilford Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen of the Year.

Vlogger Isaac Harvey, 22, from Ilford, won the title of Young Citizen of the Year and £100 from the Redbridge Rotary Club.

Born with limb/pelvic hypoplasia syndrome, Isaac has no arms and so does most things with his feet, including editing the videos on the YouTube channel iNeedaCoolname. His videos capture the challenges he has conquered including skydiving and wheelchair slalom.

One video, Hard Work (It Pays Off), beat thousands of entries to win the Vlogstar Challenge award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Runner-up was Jamala Osman, 23, who overcame the loss of her mother when Jamala was a teenager, the challenge of caring for her young brother and twin sister, suffered with depression and was surrounded by gang culture.

Deciding to take control of her life, Jamala worked hard, was accepted on to a Barclays apprenticeship programme and is now one of the few young female, BAME bank managers in the country.

Isaac and Jamala have been entered in the the national Young Citizens final run by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland.

Cllr Huggett said: “It is a great privilege to honour these outstanding members of our community who represent the very best of Redbridge.

“Very often those making a difference to their local community remain anonymous but giving these awards we aim to celebrate and recognise the invaluable work that our local people, groups, organisations and businesses do to make Redbridge great.”

She added: “All the nominees and winners have demonstrated great civic pride in what they have achieved. They are an inspiration to us all.”


Best Business Contribution to the Community

Group award winner - Steven Day and Sally Woodfield from the Kenneth More Theatre. 
Awarded for working tirelessly to provide first class entertainment for residents and turning the fortunes of the Kenneth More Theatre around against all the odds.

Individual award winner - Gracy Metilda of Chosen Care Group. Awarded for creating approximately 1,000 jobs locally, particularly helping those on benefits to enter employment and enabling 450 people to progress onto jobs or higher qualifications.

Community / Neighbourhood Champion

Group award winner - Glencoe Avenue Residents Group (GARG). 
Awarded for making the street a community with a fantastic range of activities held throughout the year

Individual award winner - Owais Niaz. 
Awarded for volunteering on the Active Together project and being a huge support, inspiring residents of four estates to lead a more physically active lifestyle.

Taking Pride in Redbridge

Awarded to Geetisha Neermul for contributing time, energy and enthusiasm in making Redbridge a cleaner and greener place.

Caring for Others in Redbridge

Group award winner - Women in Need. 
Awarded for starting a Facebook group that sources essential items for local women’s refuges Individual award winner - Dr Sudarshan Kapur. 
Awarded for being a healthcare advocate, raising awareness of many health issues among the community and for raising more than £10,000 for charities operating in Redbridge.

Contribution in Support of Young People

Dee Conlon. 
Awarded for her dedication to changing young people’s lives and for being a parent to students when parents can’t or won’t so young people know there is someone that cares.

Creating a Safer Redbridge

Awarded to Redbridge CVS (Appropriate Adult Volunteer Scheme). 
Since May 2016 volunteers have attended more than 400 interviews or other things which required support for a vulnerable person. This service allows for a quicker process for persons in custody and provides the support they require in a situation that may be daunting.

The mayor also presented three special awards.

Squadron Leader Jerry Godden, of the Cadet Corp of 241 (Wanstead & Woodford Squadron) was presented with a shield to celebrate the Royal Air Forces’ 100th anniversary this year.

Flight Sergeant Natashya Holder ws the first winner of the Mayor’s Cadet Scheme in Redbridge where an individual cadet of outstanding ability is chosen from our RAF, Army and Police Cadet forces. Natashya is a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer at 241 (Wanstead & Woodford) Squadron.

And Maria Sanchez, of Treehouse Nursery in Wanstead, received an award for “serving on the mayor’s appeal committee with great enthusiasm and commitment and for being an extraordinary role model to the rest of the team”.

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