Mayor Sir Steve Bullock, Cllr Joan Millbank and Award Winners (Robert Morrison, Deptford Folk, Teklehamanot Beraki, Pat Fordham)


A heartwarming evening on 24 November was hosted at the Civic Suite by Lewisham’s Mayor Sir Steve Bullock. One hundred people and organisations were given a Mayor’s Award to thank them for their voluntary contribution in Lewisham.

About the Mayor’s Award

The Mayor’s Award was launched to recognise the voluntary contributions of individuals, community groups and local business to communities in Lewisham. Everyone who received an award was nominated by a resident or organisation based in Lewisham.

Winners of the awards

Out of the one hundred people or organisations receiving a Mayor’s Award, three were awarded as ‘winners’ of their categories and two were presented with special awards from the Mayor:

  • Robert Morrison was presented with a ‘volunteers and individuals’ category award for his voluntary work within the Quo Vadis mental health charity.
  • Teklehamanot Beraki was presented with a ‘young people’ category award for his work with the Young Lewisham Project.
  • Deptford Folk community project was presented with an ‘organisations and businesses’ category award for the work it does to improve community life in Deptford, including in local parks.
  • Pat Fordham MBE and David Cummins were presented with special award for ‘exceptional contribution to community life in Lewisham’ for their voluntary work for Phoenix Community Housing.

Full list of Mayors Award recipients

Councillor Joan Millbank, Lewisham’s cabinet member for Third Sector and Community, said, ‘It was brilliant to receive 100 nominations for the Mayor’s Awards. Everyone who has been given a Mayor’s Award deserves recognition for their amazing voluntary work within Lewisham.

‘I want to particularly congratulate the five Mayor’s Award category holders; they all show the huge difference voluntary work makes in Lewisham! Our borough, neighbourhoods and local communities are truly enriched and strengthened by the amazing voluntary work undertaken by so many committed individuals and groups.’

Lewisham Local, in partnership with Lewisham Council, helped facilitate 2017’s Mayor’s Awards.

Useful Links

Full list of Mayors Award recipients

East London Lines coverage

Lewisham Council page for Mayor’s Awards

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