Cast your vote for community heroes

Celebrate the contributions of Luton’s incredible community by voting in the Community Awards 2015.

There are 18 categories covering every aspect of local life, from Charity Champion to to Parent in a Million and from Teacher of the Year to Community Project of the Year.

The 14 judges include Luton MPs Kelvin Hopkins and Gavin Shuker, Luton Town Football Club CEO Gary Sweet, retiring Bedfordshire Chief Constable Colette Paul and our own editor Lynn Hughes.

The awards have been running for six years and for the last five have been sponsored by law firm Pictons, who themselves recently won the prestigious FSB Bedfordshire Business Award for Community Business of the Year.

Managing partner Sukh Saini said: “The Community Awards ceremony is one of my favourite nights of the year because it gives us all a chance to thank everyone for making Luton such a special place to live and work.”

He added: “I am asking everyone in the town to think of someone they would like to nominate for one of these awards which recognise the vitally important contributions of our many unsung heroes - just being nominated means so much to the people involved.”

This year’s chosen charity is Cancer Research UK.

Awards event founder and Community Magazine proprietor Mostaque Koyes explained: “Last year we supported the Luton Food Bank and this year we have chosen Cancer Research UK. It’s such a terrible disease and affects so many people and their families.

“But even when times are tough people are so generous.

“Every year the number of nominations exceeds expectations and this year we’re hoping to get more than 200.”

The awards in full are: Concern Award/Improving Lives, Young Hero, Charity Champion, Service With a Smile, Community Business of the Year, Champion Carer, Role Model of the Year, Exceptional Achievement Award, Community Project of the Year, Community Arts Award, Pictons Community Champion, Lifetime Achievement Award, Volunteer of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Parent in a Million, Bravery Award, Helping Hand and Mayor’s Award.

The prizes will be presented at a glamorous event at Venue Central 2 on Friday, October 23.

> To nominate your local hero go to or pick up a form at any Luton community centre or local library. Entries close in September.