“Inspirational” is the theme for this year’s Citizen of the Year Awards, and it’s a word which sums up the whole project. Each year many nominations are received, and each and every one could be described as inspirational. We’ve had dedicated volunteers, tireless fundraisers, young carers, people working to help those who in need, and people working in community ventures.

The Brakes Trust has been running the Citizen of the Year Awards in Leamington Spa and Warwick since 2011. It was conceived initially as a project enabling the Trust to reach out beyond our membership of Brakes fans and reach the wider community. Under the leadership of Peter Bowen, a relationship was formed with the Courier newspaper, and the project was born.

Chris White at the 2013 gala.
Chris White at the 2013 gala.

Now entering our fourth year (and our fifth year of the Brakes Trust) we’re looking forward to yet more fantastic nominations, and another great gala ceremony. We’ve got a new venue this year – the Bridge House Theatre – plus some excellent new live acts yet to be announced: watch this space!

Last year at the awards ceremony Chris White MP spoke of the nominees being “the glue that holds the community together”. This perfectly sums up the people who are nominated for this award, and it’s a privilege to work on this project and meet them.

As the 2014 campaign launches today, once again I’m expecting it to be Inspirational.