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Do you know a Good Citizen?

Published Thursday, 06 June 2019

People around the city are being asked to help say ‘thank-you’ to the good citizens who do so much for others.

The Council’s Good Citizen Award honours people who may not get the recognition they deserve for their efforts to help or improve the community.

People can be nominated for a variety of reasons, from acts of bravery, to long service to a charity, sporting achievements, cultural contributions, and many more.

They just need to have made the city a better place.

Recent winners have included Neil and Fiona Richardson, who have spent over a decade fundraising for various charities; and Edwina Jones, who regularly gives up her time to support a number of community organisations, including Stoke Heath Community Centre.

Antony Woan received the award for spending almost 30 years as a football manager in the Coventry and Warwickshire Youth League; and former city fireman Rick Stanton, was honoured for his bravery in rescuing a young team of footballers from a waterfilled cave in Thailand.

The award winners are selected by a panel and then receive their award from the Lord Mayor at a meeting of the Full Council.

Lord Mayor Cllr Linda Bigham, said: “There are so many people in our city who work tirelessly and selflessly to help others.

“They do not do it for thanks or public recognition, but the Good Citizen Award is our way of showing that they are appreciated and their work has not gone unnoticed.

“Many of us are fortunate to know someone who just makes our local neighbourhood and our lives that bit better, so please tell us about them so we can say thank you on behalf of the city.”

Honorary Recorder of Coventry, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC, who chairs the Awards Panel, added: “It is so important to recognise the people who do good in our communities.

“The Award is not just praise for that person, it acts as an inspiration to others and encourages people to follow in their footsteps.”

Nominations can be made online at www.coventry.gov.uk/goodcitizen. You can also call the Lord Mayor’s Office on 024 7683 3100 or email lord.mayor@coventry.gov.uk

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