Communities across Britain are celebrating ‘ordinary’ people doing extraordinary things as the latest recipients of a new national honour are awarded.
Supported by Specsavers
Now entering their second year, the British Citizen Awards, are in partnership with InMoment and supported by Specsavers. Launched in January 2015 to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society. BCAs are awarded twice annually, and recognise ‘everyday’ people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.
Thirty-three people given a British Citizen Award
Thirty-three people were given a British Citizen Award last week, after being selected from public nominations by a panel of independent assessors.
Medal of Honour awarded
The medallists were honoured at a prestigious ceremony on January 28th, at the Palace of Westminster, presented by Larry Lamb. All BCA recipients have positively impacted society undertaking various activities in support of a number of causes. Each received a Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’. Medallists are also invited to use the initials BCA after their name.
People doing extraordinary things
Those receiving medals included the professor who discovered and named the eating disorder, Bulimia Nervosa; a popular TV Maître’D who devotes much time and effort to helping young people turn their lives around; a man who, after suffering from depression for much of his life, set up his own mental health charity to help others affected by the same illness; and a man who has helped thousands of young people in his community, despite having to overcome his own personal tragedy.
Words from co-founder of the awards
Mike Faulkner, co-founder of the awards, said there had been a sharp rise in interest in the awards, as more people became aware of them.
'In a little over a year, we have reached every corner of the UK, and have reached out to people from all cultural backgrounds and walks of life, from professors to college students
This for us is the one of the major successes of the programme. There are literally thousands of people across the UK making life better for others, and until now with no formal recognition open to them. “We created the awards to be accessible for everyone in the UK as we believed that an accessible recognition programme was long overdue. The British Citizen Awards are truly becoming the ‘People’s Honours’ – and that means for all people.'