Awards to honour ‘everyday’ people

Paula Maguire with Simran Soin, of Places for People which supports the awards, and Robert  Maguire.
Paula Maguire with Simran Soin, of Places for People which supports the awards, and Robert Maguire.
Have your say

A national awards programme is on the hunt for exceptional people in Leeds who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society.

Organisers of the British Citizen Awards are urging people to honour ‘ordinary’ friends and neighbours who do extraordinary things by nominating them for an accolade.

More than 150 people have been honoured at four ceremonies at the Palace of Westminster since the awards were launched in 2015.

Previous medallists include Paula and Robert Maguire, of Wakefield, who brought the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to the UK, raising more than £4 million for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Nominations are being accepted until the closing deadline on April 7, 2017, for the next round of medal presentations which will take place in July.

The British Citizen Awards were launched to honour the incredible accomplishments of individuals in society who have a positive impact on their communities. They are awarded twice annually and are given to ‘everyday’ people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.

Mike Faulkner, co-founder of the awards, said: “The British Citizen Award has really captured the imagination of the public, who are nominating people who are having a massive impact on their communities and we are delighted as the programme continues to grow.

“It’s been incredible to award remarkable human beings across the country and we look forward to honouring more exceptional people within our communities during this next round of awards.”

The awards have attracted support from ambassadors including Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and actress and former EastEnders star Brooke Kinsella.

To nominate, email to request a nomination form, or visit

NEWSUBSTANCE created SPIRIT, a structure that will house 3,000 LED lights, use 10km of coloured string, it is 5 metres above the concourse and overall span is 24m x 14m. NEWSUBSTANCE are a UK studio specialising in dramatic, bespoke performance structures and have created pieces for Take That, Mumford & Sons and even the Beijing Olympics. .'17 November 2016.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Yorkshire named UK’s leading region for creative industries