We were once again delighted to support the latest round of the British Citizen Awards, which took place in London in July.

29 individuals from across the country were presented with medals at a prestigious ceremony in the palace of Westminster, for outstanding contributions to their communities. Our Group Executive Director of Affordable Housing Pat Egan presented five of the medals on the day, having been involved throughout the judging process.

The British Citizen Awards were established in 2015 with the aim of celebrating outstanding ‘everyday’ people who dedicate their time to making a positive impact on society. Awarded twice annually, the BCAs are open to British citizens up and down the country whose achievements may otherwise have been overlooked.

This year’s medal recipients included Lauraine Cheesman from Cirencester, who founded and manages ‘Shine’ - a programme to support women suffering from Post-natal depression (PND), as well as their families.

Douglas Thomas from Swansea received his medal in recognition of 36 years’ devotion to volunteering and fundraising for several worthy causes, including the Samaritans and the Royal Life Saving Society UK.

As founding sponsors of the awards, Pat Egan represented Places for People at the ceremony, presenting a Medal of Honour to winners - inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’. Medalists are also invited to use the initials BCA after their name.

A spotlight on the tremendous work of everyday people

Pat Egan, Group Executive Director of Affordable Housing, said, “The British Citizen Awards shine a spotlight on the tremendous work of everyday people for the benefit of their communities, and it’s a privilege to have been a supporter since their foundation in 2015.

“I am often taken aback by the commitment and selflessness shown by medallists, and this year has been no exception. It’s incredibly rewarding to meet such exceptional individuals and recognise the vital role they play in the success of communities up and down the country.”

Nominations are now being accepted for the January 2019 BCA presentations. Please email nominations@britishcitizenawards.co.uk to nominate someone free of charge.

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