Harrow burst with pride and celebrated the achievement of volunteers and residents who go above and beyond to make their borough a better place.
Hundreds of people from volunteers, scouts, litter pickers and mentors, to teachers, emergency services officers and the armed forces were nominated before judges carefully selected the winners to receive awards on Tuesday (September 12).
There were cheers of happiness and tears of sadness during one acceptance speech, as winner of the Bringing People Together Award, Ken Woods, couldn't attend the ceremony as he is undergoing treatment for cancer.
The Grange Farm estate, in South Harrow, is set for major redevelopment, so residents hope to keep the community together during the process.
Mr Woods was recognised for his hard work as chairman of Grange Farm Steering Group, and fellow members, Bill Beardon and Shaz Mohammed collected the award on his behalf.
"I'm happy to accept this award but I'm sad that Ken can't be here. He works tirelessly for us and he suffers from cancer.
"But he's pulled the community together, and it just means everything to us," Mr Beardon said.
Cllr Sue Anderson, cabinet member for community, culture and resident engagement, was one of the award judges.
She said: “What a fantastic way to celebrate our 10th annual Harrow’s Heroes Awards.
"To be in a room surrounded by hundreds of volunteers and residents, and listening to their stories was truly humbling.
“I’d like to congratulate all our winners and finalists this year.
"I can’t thank you all enough for your significant contribution and dedication to make Harrow a special place to live and work.”
The full list of Harrow Heroes 2017 winners
Supporting Vulnerable People Award winner
Housebound Library Service, who have worked in the borough for 50 years, helping the elderly, disabled, or ill
Lifetime Achievement Award winner
John Towell, for 30 years of volunteer work to an adult social club
Health and Wellbeing Award winner
Mike Lepps, who organises Harrow Park run, a 5K run every Saturday morning at Harrow Recreation Ground
Outstanding Young Person Award winner
Sadie Binte Rahman, for supporting Bengali culture in the community
Bringing People Together Award winner
Ken Woods, Grange Farm Steering Group
Improving Lives Award winner
Gerry Broomfield, for running IT classes for local people
Clean, Safe & Green Communities Award winner
Joan Telfer, for her 40-year-long service to beekeeping in the borough
Team Award winner
League of Jewish Women, who visit hospitals and assist cancer sufferers
Extraordinary Achievement Award winner
Jo Saunders, for her work at Headstone Manor
2017 Volunteer of the Year Award winner
Charles Newman of Harrow Association of Disabled People, which is led by and for disabled people
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