Sutton’s annual community awards

2016 Sutton Community Awards Winners and Runners Up

This year’s finalists were invited to an event at the Holiday Inn, where guests were treated to a range of nibbles, drinks, and some speeches.

The winners and runners-up for the awards are as follows:

Safer Borough Award - for outstanding service to the borough by keeping Sutton safe

Winner - Thomas Forbes - who created a friendship group at the Life Centre for elderly residents, the police come to the group and teach the residents about courier scams and give crime prevention advice.

Runner-up Paul Nathan - has been persistently committed to creating a community on the Benhill Estate, the estate is a better place because of him.

Improving Lives Award - for making a real difference to people’s lives by going that extra mile

Winner - Stephen King - Steve leads the Community Team project at Sutton United for players, male and female, with disabilities.

Runner-up - Joanna Marie Tunney - is a single mum with a severely disabled and challenging son yet she has been a long term volunteer for Portage, which is a government service for disabled children aged 0-3 years.

Runner-up - Little Eden - they open their home to children with special needs on a weekly basis and spend a great deal  of time fundraising for children and families in the local borough.

Runner-up - Dave & Judith Smith - for the hard work and dedication they give all week to different groups of people, young and old, through Horizon Church.

Community Spirit Award - for bringing the community together through community events, clubs or projects

Winners - Eshan and Rafi Kesvani and Dhara and Khyati Patel - hosted a community kitchen for all our neighbours on Courtenay Avenue to raise money for Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge. They served over 60 meals to neighbours aged 3 months to 75 years.

Runner-up - Ric Adams - for arranging the Wallington Christmas lights switch on, and the annual summer Wallington Music Festival, both of which are amazing events. These are contributed to and very well attended by local people who Ric brings together. Ric does this through his Wallington Surrey Facebook page that has over 7,000 members.

Business in the Community Award - for helping to increase prosperity, employment or access to the borough through business initiatives

Winner - Worcester Park Key (Raj Jain) - Raj is the founder of the Worcester Park Key, a local traders’ discount/loyalty scheme, which is available to card holders shopping in Central Road. Some 35+ independent traders are registered with the scheme, which is promoted by a biannual magazine.

Runner-up - Riva Bingo (Nuala Lynch) - Nuala has always taken the time and effort to go above and beyond expectation to support clients to overcome any difficulties or problems which have arisen in both the workplace and their personal lives.

Outstanding Achievement Award - for bringing real credit to the borough through exceptional academic, sporting, artistic or cultural achievements

Winner Krtin Nithiyanandam - received international success at the Google Science Fair 2015 by winning the Scientific American Innovator Award for creating an earlier diagnostic test for Alzheimer's disease. Krtin gave a TEDxLondon talk in June 2016 and was named one of nine Young People Changing the World by VSO International. Krtin later received national and international recognition for developing a new method to treat breast cancer whilst at Sutton Grammar School. He was named one of the 25 most influential teenagers of 2016, alongside Sasha Obama and Brooklyn Beckham. He is also a county squash player, representing his county at national intercounty tournaments. He has represented Sutton well and has given Sutton a good name and his contributions to science and achievements in sport have been astounding.

Runner-up - Sutton United FC - for their 26-match unbeaten run, a club and league record, the U's were champions of the National League South and promoted back into the National League after an absence of 16 years. Their high attendances average just over 1500, a 45% increase on last season which was in turn 60% up on the season before. This is, to a great extent, due to the club's innovate pricing policy for season tickets that allows people to watch a whole year of football for under £100, an idea which has been widely lauded by the media and social commentators. The club has enjoyed an astonishing twelve months, and its projected turnover for the 2016/17 season is in excess of £1 million, a 60% increase on two years ago and all achieved by a voluntary management team. This is not to mention their stellar performance in the FA Cup.

If you would like to watch any of the awards being handed out, follow this link to watch the event that we streamed live on Periscope.

This year we received 136 nominations for 61 different nominees. It was the job of the judges to narrow down these amazing people into finalists for our event that is taking place on Thursday 23 February from 6.30-9pm at the Holiday Inn, Gibson Rd, Sutton SM1 2RF.

The judges were:

  • Ruth Dombey, Leader of the Council
  • Niall Bolger, Chief Executive
  • Jessica Crowe, Executive Head - Customers, Commissioning and Governance
  • Dave Stringer, Sutton Borough Commander
  • Alison Navarro, Chief Executive of Sutton CVS