The nominees for the Community Champions category are:

Harkishan Mistry  Harkishan has been a Community Champion for 30 years, giving his time to numerous community projects. He was the driving force behind the Govindbhai Foundation, a family-based charity that raised £139,000 for great causes in 10 years.  He works with SewaDay charity, encouraging members from the Indian community to commit 1 day to community projects. He led a successful drive to increase the number of blood donors from within the Asian communities of Bradford resulting in more registered donor centres, more sessions and more donors.

Janet Russell  Janet has encouraged and supported groups within the Silsden community for 30 years.  She gives moral and practical support to town groups, actively encouraging them to network, share experience and information. For 21 years, she has led Silsden SIngers, an adult community choir that performs for care homes and other Silsden events such as WW1 commemorations.

Shannon Worsley  Shannon is a great example of a community champion, always going the extra mile when needed. She regularly puts in additional unpaid hours at the community centre where she works, recognising that her job does not always reflect normal working patterns. She recently came to the assistance of an elderly person in need of help, providing essential support until the relevant agencies could take over. She is a role model for young people, promoting active citizenship and empowering young people to make sure their voices are heard.

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