Sutton's local heroes revealed 9.12.10
A scout leader, a teacher and a lollipop lady have been unveiled as Sutton's local heroes.
The trio, Jonathan Moritz, Nic Andrews and Brenda Kingsmill, were the winners in Sutton's first Community Leadership Awards, which set out to recognise those who go out of their way to make the borough a better to place to live and work.
Sutton Council leader Cllr Sean Brennan said: "There is an army of people across the borough working hard everyday, selflessly for others in their passion to make Sutton a better place - and it's wonderful that they are now being recognised for their efforts.
"These days things like community spirit, pride in the area and helping an entire neighbourhood improve and prosper are called the Big Society. In the past, it was simply called human kindness or public spirit.
"Whatever you want to call it, thanks to people like Jonathan, Nic and Brenda, Sutton has it in abundance and has had it for many years."
The awards were divided into three categories – residents, people who work in the borough and those who work for Sutton Council
After hundreds of votes were cast, Jonathan Moritz was announced as the winner in the residents' section.
The 21-year-old, from Cheam, was described as "an ideal role model and an inspiration to young people" for his work as troop leader with the Cheam Scout Group.
He volunteered to take control of the group to rescue it from closure and has since invested huge amounts of time and energy into providing activities for the scouts.
Jonathan, who is studying for an electrical apprenticeship at Carshalton College, said: "I was so pleased just to be nominated.
"Basically I started running the scouts because some of the leaders couldn't commit to it because they were having children or moving away. I stepped in and have found it massively rewarding ever since."
Teacher Nic Andrews, 31, was named as the winner in the workers' category.
She works at Sherwood Park School in Wallington, where she teaches children with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties.
When not teaching, she looks after children with disabilities at weekends, providing respite for their parents.
She said: "I just think I'm doing a normal job and trying to give the kids a good education. The young people I take out at weekends get extra life experience, which can make such a big difference to their lives."
Completing the list of community champions was the winner in the council category, Brenda Kingsmill, who has been the lollipop lady for Green Wrythe Primary School in Carshalton since 1985.
She was nominated by a parent, who said: "Brenda is outside the school every morning come rain or shine to make sure all the kids get to school safely. She's always smiling and deserves a lot of appreciation."
Mrs Kingsmill, 67, from Carshalton, said: "I'm amazed. I do it just to keep the children safe. I saw an advert in the local paper 25 years and it went from there."
The winner in each category was presented with a trophy and a cheque for £100. The four runners-up in each category were awarded a certificate and a cheque for £50.
Last updated: Tuesday, 04 January 2011