Celebrating community achievements at the British Citizen Awards

As proud sponsors of the British Citizen Awards, we presented medals to worthy unsung heroes at the Palace of Westminster yesterday (Thursday 26 January).

The British Citizen Awards (BCA) were launched in January 2015, to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society. BCAs are awarded twice annually, and recognise 'everyday' people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.

The latest round of awards were presented to 29 worthy winners at a prize-giving ceremony at the Palace of Westminster, followed by a lap of honour on an open top bus.

Amongst the winners was Ray Matthews - an inspirational customer of Places for People Leisure. At the age of 75, Ray has recently completed 75 marathons over 75 consecutive days to raise money for Newman School in his hometown of Rotherham. His target of £75,000 will go towards purchasing much-needed special interactive outdoor equipment, including wheelchair swings and access roundabouts.

Each winner received a Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words 'For the Good of the Country'. Medallists are also invited to use the initials BCA after their name.

Places for People is a founding sponsor of the awards and we were represented by Group Executive Director of Affordable Homes, Pat Egan, who presented 5 winners with their medals of honour. 

Pat Egan, Group Executive Director of Affordable Housing at Places for People

"It is an honour to once again sponsor the British Citizen Awards. All of the medal winners are truly deserving of the recognition for their incredible acts of dedication, generosity and commitment. It was inspiring and humbling to share a room with so many community heroes and I would like to thank and congratulate them for all of their efforts."


27 January 2017