The new High Sheriff for Oxfordshire, Imam Monawar Hussain, is inviting award nominations to honour those who have played an important role in the county’s local response to the pandemic.
The awards have been set up to celebrate those that Oxfordshire has the most to thank since March 2020 when COVID-19 led to the first lockdown. While there has been great suffering and sadness caused by the pandemic, there have been many tales of hope and heroism.
Imam Hussain became the new High Sheriff in April and says he feels there are people who deserve more recognition for their efforts during the period of the pandemic.
He said: “I have myself witnessed bravery and heroism and I have spoken to many others who say the same thing. People have routinely gone way beyond the call of duty to do their bit.
“There are heart-warming stories of kindness, love and sheer hard work from across our communities often despite personal risk.
“I want to shine a light on these stories by making these awards. They can be to individuals, voluntary groups or businesses. I would be grateful for the help of people from across Oxfordshire in terms of nominations of those who have carried out exceptional acts. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you feel someone deserves recognition.”
To nominate, email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form. Judging will take place during early Summer with an awards ceremony to be arranged in July.