Watford celebrates the heroes with awards ceremony

Watford’s unsung heroes have been celebrated at the Audentior Awards and recognised for their dedication in making the town a better place to live and work in.

The winners, announced on Friday 11 October at a celebratory dinner at the Watford Colosseum, were recognised for going the extra mile to help friends, family or people around them or who help local people achieve something fantastic.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “One of things that always strikes me is the number of people in our town who go above and beyond to do their bit for the community. This evening was our way of saying thanks to those unsung heroes in the town and the many hours of their time to Watford.”

The winners are:
• Carer of the Year – John Cunnane
• Charity Worker of the Year – Tom Billington & Mel Boda
• Public Service Award - Peter Gilbert
• Pride in Watford Award – The Random Café
• Young Achiever of the Year Award - Lee Keogh
• Contribution to Sport & Healthy Living Award - Julie Ann Riegal
• Chairman’s Culture Award - Herts Inclusive Theatre

The Mayor’s Award, which was voted for by Watford residents went to personal trainer Sam Torabi for positively influencing the health, wellbeing and confidence of hundreds of Watford residents including the elderly and patients at the Peace Hospice.

Receiving the award, Sam said: “The Awards ceremony was an unforgettable evening. It feels amazing to be recognised and awarded simply for doing what I love. I’d like to thank everyone who believed in me, nominated and voted for me. Well done to all of the other winners too – there were so many inspiring stories about people putting the community first.”

To read more about the Audentior Awards and the winners, visit The Audentior Awards will return in 2021.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors: Veolia, Everyone Active, Murrill Construction, Watford Colosseum, Camelot, Watford FC, Watford FC Community Sports & Education (CSE) and Warner Brothers Studios Leavesden.