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Brentwood Borough Council's Civic Awards 2019: Winners announced

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 April 2019

Civic Awards winners Mike Conyers, Mike Hawkins and Sam hatcher-Staines with Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Sheila Murphy. Picture: Brentwood Borough Council

Civic Awards winners Mike Conyers, Mike Hawkins and Sam hatcher-Staines with Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Sheila Murphy. Picture: Brentwood Borough Council

Brentwood Borough Council

The winners of this year's Civic Awards have been announced.

The awards recognise individuals who have dedicated their time to help others in Brentwood and was this year held at the Hutton Mount Banqueting Suite, Mount Avenue, Hutton Mount on Friday, April 5.

Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Sheila Murphy, who was also on the judging panel, said: “I have met so many people within Brentwood as part of my role as mayor.

“These people are fundraisers, volunteers, and part of our community, often giving their time without expecting anything in return. “These winners have made a big difference to people’s lives.

“It is an honour to present them with these awards as a little thank you from us and recognition of what they do.”

The Civic Awards Judging Panel said they were impressed with the outstanding work the recipients had done and their involvement in the community.

The winners were:

Young Volunteer of the Year – Sam Hatcher-Staines

Lifetime Achievement – Mike Hawkins

Lifetime Achievement – Mike Conyers

Mike, who was one of the winners, has challenged himself to the max despite being blind, all in the name for charity.

He has run the London Marathon, Brentwood Half Marathon, taken part in the Brentwood to Brighton cycle ride and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, just to name a few.

To date, he has raised £36,000 for SNAP (special needs and parents), £2,000 for Prostate Cancer and is currently raising money for Brentwood Community Print.

Mike Conyers said: “I was shocked and surprised as I was not expecting the award.

“I feel highly honoured and extremely grateful and shall treasure it.

“I was asked the question why do I do it - I feel life has got to be a challenge not a threat and I follow the words of Helen Keller who was blind and deaf who said that life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.

“I feel having a disability helps me to empathise with others who have disabilities or difficulty in life.

“I am a Rotarian and our Maxim is ‘Service Before Self’ I follow the words of George Elliott who said ‘what do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult to each other’.”

A spokesman of the panel said: “He [Mike] hasn’t let the tragedy in his life stop him and his dedication to the charities is phenomenal.

“He is a very worthy recipient of the lifetime achievement for the work that he has done over a long period of time.”.

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