Winners revealed in Outstanding Citizens Awards 2016
Community heroes from across the West Midlands were
honoured in the Police and Crime Commissioner's Outstanding
The biggest award of the night - Outstanding Act of Good
Citizenship - went to courageous Coventry carpenter Mark Watts
, who saved a man's life as he was
being attacked with a knife at the side of the road.
Mark said: "It was the biggest surprise. It was just so nice to
win the special award - I can't believe it. I think I'm still in
Meanwhile, the Outstanding Citizen award went to 94-year-old
volunteer Mary Harvey
from Kingstanding, who goes on
daily litter picks, cleans dirty street signs, removes graffiti,
fundraises for different charities and builds bridges within the
Thrilled Mary said: "I'm on top of the world. I am absolutely
Outstanding Young Citizen went to 15-year-old Millie Dee
from West Bromwich, who chased a
burglar from her home as she protected her little sister.
She said: "It was a real surprise to win but it's great. I can't
Outstanding Community Project was awarded to Box Clever
, the non-contact youth club run by
former World Champion boxer Wayne Elcock in Solihull.
The sportsman said: "It's fantastic - I'm delighted. It will give
the lads in the gym a real lift. It's a fantastic achievement for
us. Boxing isn't always portrayed in the best light but awards like
this help us show the good side of the sport - the discipline, the
self esteem and the camaraderie."
Inner-city football team Sporting Sandwell, which offers a sports
and mentoring club in Aston, was named Community Initiative Fund
Long-serving custody visitor volunteers were also honoured at the
event for their vital public service in ensuring those in police
cells are being treated correctly.
The heart-warming awards ceremony was held on July 13 at The REP
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David
was in attendance with his two assistants, Ashley
Bertie and Councillor Judy Foster.
Mr Jamieson said: "It was a truly inspirational evening.
"There is no word for these people other than 'heroes'. It was
wonderful to meet to all the nominees and winners and hear about
their miraculous stories of bravery, selflessness and triumph over
"I'd like to offer my sincere congratulations and thanks to all
the nominees and winners - they are a true credit to the West
There were a number of runners-up on the night.
Wolverhampton Street Pastors
The What? Centre
volunteering team were
runners-up for Outstanding Community Project, while six-year-old
lifesaver Harvey-Leigh Greenwood
from Rubery was second
in Outstanding Young Citizen.
Mentor and counsellor Jon Mansell
from Halesowen was runner-up in
the Outstanding Citizen category, as was mother and daughter team
Becki Peach and Hannah Matthews
Willenhall, Walsall, for saving a man's life as he threatened to
jump from a motorway bridge.
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