Barnet’s unsung heroes honoured

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Seven of Barnet’s unsung heroes have been honoured at the council’s annual Civic Awards Ceremony. Thirty-two people who have made a significant contribution to borough life were recognised at Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, on Tuesday. All of those recognised were given certificates by Barnet Mayor, Councillor Lisa Rutter. However, seven of the nominees who were judged to have made an outstanding contribution were presented with a framed scroll. One of the seven winners was Vivienne Bentley, a fundraiser for the North London Hospice. Vivienne was nominated for her tireless fundraising efforts for the North London Hospice. She is a member of the Hospice’s North West Support Group and is the chief organiser of the Big Fun Walk – the biggest fundraising event in the Hospice’s calendar. Vivienne has been involved with the event since its inception in 1995. It now attracts over 1,500 participants each year and last year raised over £155,000. Over the last 18 years the walk has raised over £1.6million. The other winners were Paul Baldwin, who volunteers with a number of charities supporting the disabled, Lachhya Bahadur Gurung, who works with the Nepalese community, and Dr Oliver Natelson who does voluntary work with conservation groups. William Ibbotson, who volunteers with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme, Richa Karnani who represents Asian women in Barnet and Ursula Morrissey, a long-standing head teacher, were also winners. The Mayor said: “The Civic Awards give us a wonderful opportunity to take a step back and appreciate just how much time and energy many of our residents give to helping others in the community. These seven individuals each enrich the life of Barnet in their own different ways. “I have been really impressed with the dedication and commitment these individuals have given to others over the course of a number of years. They are an inspiration to us all.”

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