Lord Mayor's Medal award individual recipients

Lord Mayor's Medal award individual recipients

The individual recipients for the Lord Mayor's Medal

Mohamed Ali, also known as Mohamed A Sayaqle

Mohamed is the founder of Bristol Somali Youth Voice which advocates and empowers young people.

He set up a task group, Bristol Somali Youth Voice to support elders in the community with shopping and collecting prescriptions.

Mohamed has also promoted core public health messages to the Somali community.

Sheryl Benjamin

Sheryl runs a sandwich shop on Sandy Park Road and started delivering free ‘treat bags’ to hospital departments. She supplied around 850 bags during 2020.

She was also the driving force behind fundraising £4,000 for the Christmas lights on Sandy Park Road.

Thomas Matthews

Tommy, also known as Bristol Spiderman, spent much of the COVID-19 lockdown running around the Brislington and St Anne’s areas of Bristol dressed as Spiderman, waving at children and bringing a smile to many faces.

Tommy raised over £4,500 for the Wallace and Gromit appeal.

Margaret Nash

Just before lockdown, Margaret became a volunteer with Transforming Lives for Good, supporting a child on an individual basis.

Margaret continued to have a positive impact on the family by providing her support remotely, as well as being a befriender for the Stockwood Community Action Network.

She has also produced many hand sewn fabric masks for the local community.

Becky Lewis Jones

Becky founded the BS3 Community COVID-19 Response group on Facebook.

She invited and encouraged local people to make contact if they could offer help, time, support or expertise to others in need. Since then, more than 1000 volunteers have stepped forward.

Heather Mack

Heather played a crucial role in facilitating the expansion of the COVID-19 Mutual Aid network, which offered a lifeline by posting letters of support to neighbours.

Heather facilitated and hosted online meetings with interested volunteers. They have now grown to a network of hundreds, providing essential support for those needing help with shopping, collecting prescriptions or emotional support.

Chris Cook

During the summer of 2020, Chris volunteered with the Bristol Food Union.

Along with friends, every morning he would pack 500 lunch bags and food parcels for school children on holiday from school and deliver these in the afternoon.

He also delivered packed lunches to NHS staff at the Withywood Centre and supported Children’s Hospice South West and CLIC Sargent.

A fundraising initiative of Chris’ raised £18,000 and has gone on to support the Matthew Tree Project, Victoria Park Baptist Church Foodbank and the Carpenters Foodbank.

Christy McMullen

Christy, from the Hope Chapel Crypt in Clifton, facilitates ‘Celebrate Recovery’ group sessions. These meetings are a twelve step programme to support those living with addiction.

When coronavirus hit, Christy adapted his approach and continued to support the group by video, establishing new and successful online meetings.

He also works with the Bristol Soup Run providing duvets, blankets and other essentials.

Joy Simmonds

The pandemic has seen Joy set up a GoFundMe page, getting people and businesses to donate gifts and food which were given out in a Christmas gift bag for all the homeless people who attended the Soup Run.

Joy is well known for her tireless work with local charities.

She is also an avid supporter of the Lord Mayors of Bristol’s Children’s Appeal where she is instrumental in delivering fundraising events.

Anira Khokhar

In March 2020, Anira launched Humanitarian Bristol to support the people across Bristol who found themselves stuck inside shielding, or with no support network, but needing food for themselves and their families. 

Humanitarian Bristol has provided 92,780 meals across Bristol through a team of ten volunteers. They're now set up as a social enterprise to enable them to branch out further into community engagement work.

Syed Hussain

As a volunteer and secretary of the Avon Muslim Funeral Committee, Syed has worked with faith communities, local businesses and public health champions to promote social distancing and taking precautionary measures.

He has helped foster a better understanding of Muslim traditions, pre-funeral requirements and offered to assist, voluntarily, any families that require support coping with bereavement.

He has raised awareness of the coronavirus risk to health public health to Bristol’s South Asian and Muslim communities and pushed the importance of vaccines.

Ani Stafford Townsend

In March, Ani reached out to all the residents in the eight streets of the Christmas Steps Arts Quarter to ensure they knew how to access support and help.

She went on to set up the BS1 and BS2 mutual aid groups on Facebook and kept the local business community up to date on changing rules, grants and other financial assistance available. 

A milliner by trade, Ani supported the NHS and other public services by producing scrub caps and face coverings at a time when PPE was difficult to source.

Stewart North

Stewart is the volunteer chair of the North Bristol Food Bank and has been instrumental in ensuring that no one goes hungry over lockdown. Leading the team at the foodbank to deliver over 6,000 food parcels to some of the city’s most vulnerable people.