Harrow’s Heroes praised for outstanding contribution to Harrow

Local heroes and guests enjoyed an unforgettable evening, celebrating the borough’s amazing volunteers.

The red carpet was rolled out at the Kadwa Patidar Centre for the ninth annual Harrow’s Heroes Award on Tuesday 13 September.

Eight unsung heroes took awards home with them, and dozens of finalists were also recognised for their outstanding contribution to Harrow and the wellbeing and welfare of its residents. The evening saw Usha Shah crowned winner of the Judge’s Volunteer of the Year Award after topping the Health and Wellbeing category. She was awarded the prestigious prize for raising awareness and increasing organ donor registrations within the South Asian community.

Cllr Sue Anderson, portfolio holder for Community, Culture and Resident Engagement said:

“What an amazing night! Congratulations to all our winners and finalists. Every year this event gets bigger and better. I’d like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers for your fantastic contribution to Harrow and our residents. I certainly look forward to celebrating our tenth year next year.”

Also winning awards were Brian Whitehead (Supporting Vulnerable People); James Keeler (Improving Lives); Don Sims (Lifelong Volunteer); Kushal Vekariya (Outstanding Young Volunteer); Cynthia Wells (Bringing People Together); and Michael Sayer (Clean, Safe and Green Communities).

The awards, hosted by comedian Marlon Davis, also included a breath taking performance from Harrow dance act AK Bollywood as well as performances from local musicians, the Caspian String Quartet, and an impressive group performance from volunteer singers More Than Just A Choir. Guests were also left wowed by Harrow magician Nio.

2016 winner, Usha Shah said:

“I still can’t believe I have won! I am honoured to have been nominated let alone to have won not just one but two awards. I will remember this night for a long time. It was fantastic meeting other volunteers and hearing their stories so congratulations to them too. A worthwhile and excellent event for the community full of surprises and amazing people. I think all the volunteers will agree when I say that the council has done us proud and  really made this year's event a memorable one!”

Next year the borough celebrates ten years of Harrow’s Heroes. If you know anyone who has helped make a difference to you or your community – why not give them recognition they deserve. Nominations will open again in summer next year – watch this space!

You can view the pictures on our Facebook page.

Details about the winners can be found on the Harrow's Heroes page.