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Sanctuary Housing host glitzy celeb ceremony to award local heroes


Published by Natasha Jones for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Housing

Morningside and Gascoyne Youth Clubs who won the Partnership award Morningside and Gascoyne Youth Clubs who won the Partnership award

Sanctuary Housing rolled out the red carpet and celebrated its first Hackney Community awards ceremony in style, joined by local MTV Base presenter and DJ, Kat B.

The glamorous event at Chats Palace saw hard working individuals and groups walk away with glimmering trophies in seven different categories, each one presented by a special guest in the community.

Tony Gouveia, associate director for Immediate Theatre, a fantastic organisation providing Hackney’s young people with access to the arts, proudly presented Kieran Hart with the Young Volunteer award. A very pleased Ron Newman was also given the Community Spirit award, presented by Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Hackney Homes and Regeneration Estates, Councillor Glanville.

A special award for outstanding contribution to the community was given to a very emotional Cissy Brine, aged 98, for her dedication and work in setting up and running a popular over 50s club in the community.

Other categories at the event were Good Neighbour; Green Hero; Outstanding Achievement; Partnership; and Contribution to Sport.

Lloyd Boateng, winner of the Contribution to Sport award and managing director at Born 4 Sport, said: “I am honoured to have received the Contribution to Sport award at Sanctuary’s Hackney Community Awards.

“It was an inspiring evening. Everyone had fun celebrating the great work going on and the support from Sanctuary and the community has been amazing. I am excited about what the future holds for Born 4 Sport.”

The red carpet themed ceremony included performances from local residents, two of which were winner of the 2013 Alter Ego talent competition, 18 year old singer Emily Grace, and an explosive capoeira display from Angola Palmares group, which features Brazilian martial arts, dance and song.

During the event guests enjoyed comedy from the very talented Kat B and were treated to a tasty, locally sourced buffet from Social Kitchen.  At the end of the evening Olympic magic was in the air when Haggerston Olympic torchbearer, Christiana Egere, brought in her Olympic torch for residents to hold.

Meghan Zinkewich-Peotti, Sanctuary’s partnerships manager, said: “We were very pleased with the amount of nominations we received for the event, showing the excellent community spirit we have here in Hackney.

“I felt honoured to spend an evening with so many talented and community spirited Hackney residents. Rewarding volunteering and celebrating with people who are willing to share their talents with others is a central part to building strong and happy neighbourhoods.”

Over £100 was raised from the evening’s charity raffle, with all proceeds donated to Gascoyne and Morningside Youth Clubs, who also won the Partnership award.

Residents were given the opportunity to nominate their community heroes during December and January. Dozens of nominations were received with the most popular categories being contribution to sport and community spirit. Winners of the awards were chosen by community representatives.

 Details on winners of all the awards can be found at



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