A COUPLE, who dedicated their lives to helping underprivileged children and prisoners' families won the top prize, the Star of West London, at Ealing's Pride in our People Awards 2009.
Almost in tears, Magdalen Carter, 73, collected the stunning glass trophy on behalf of her and her husband Cuthbert, who sadly died at Christmas last year. She had already been overwhelmed after winning the Community Champion category whispering that she wished her husband had been here to share the moment with her.
Cuthbert, with great support from his wife, launched the Acton Saturday School in 1972, one of the first West Indian supplementary schools in the country and the offshoot of impromtu lessons in their own home.
They also set up a parents' support group and were voluntary prison visitors.
The four other awards were presented by TV star of New Tricks Amanda Redman, who fighting back the tears, said she was "amazed by the selflesslness of these people and makes me so proud of Ealing."
This was the sixth year of the Pride in our People awards, launched by the Gazette and Thames Valley University to recognise West London's unsung heroes.
The other winners were: Majul Patel of Starch Green post office, Shepherds Bush (business), Pat McNair (key worker), Amit Hundal (young person) and Tina McKeigue (my hero).
They were each presented with a trophy and £500 cheque. A full in-depth report of all the winners and the emotion-packed gala dinner at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Ealing Common last night will be in the Ealing Gazette next Friday.
See more pictures of the evening here .