The winners of the 2012 Citizen of the Year Awards were:

Young Citizen of the Year:
Leah Brassington

Citizen of the Year:
Margaret Kite

2012 Winners

2012 Winners: Leah Brassington and Margaret Kite

Leah was nominated by Matt Deakin from Warwickshire Young Carers’ Project. Matt says “Leah is always among the first to welcome newcomers to the Young Carers’ Project because she’s understood from a very early age that being there for someone and putting their needs first is part of life.”

“The schoolgirl has a brother with special needs and the warm, unselfish way in which she discusses her experiences is a story that should be heard.”

Margaret was nominated no less than five times for her relentless fundraising work in Kenilworth and around the area. She is a very well-known figure “just inside the door” at Sainsburys Kenilworth where she patiently sits, chats and collects for one of her many charities, The British Legion. She also collects for the RAFA Wings Appeal and the Dogs Trust, and has raised countless thousands of pounds.

Here are some photos from the night…

Margaret Kite

Margaret Kite

Front: Winners Margaret Kite and Leah Brassington. Back (L-R) Steph Devlin (2011 winner), Ray Duffy (Mask-arade), Chris Lillington (The Courier), Dean Walton (EOS Energy), Peter Davis (Brakes Trust), Abi Wright, Matt Deakin (WYCP), Jo Payne (WNAA), Anthony Bishop (WYCP), Paul Crane

Front: Winners Margaret Kite and Leah Brassington. Back (L-R) Steph Devlin (2011 winner), Ray Duffy (Mask-arade), Chris Lillington (The Courier), Dean Walton (EOS Energy), Peter Davis (Brakes Trust), Abi Wright, Matt Deakin (WYCP), Jo Payne (WNAA), Anthony Bishop (WYCP), Paul Crane

[Photography ©2012 Stephanie Colledge]