A list of finalists has now been announced by organisers of the Community Hearts Awards.

The Awards which were founded by Exceed, were launched to recognise the immense achievements in Bradford West. There are nine categories ranging from inspirational support staff, inspirational teachers, to Pupil of the year and Business of the year.

Jabran Darr – Finalist in Inspirational Teacher Category

This year will also see two special recognition awards for Community Hero and Uniformed Services.

Nominations were open for the public to nominate their favourite in the nine categories. Dozens of nominations were received from across constituency making it a  tough task for the committee to choose their finalists.

Judges, Cllr Shakeela Lal, Outer City Officer PC Chris Cahill and Editor of Asian Sunday Newspaper Fatima Patel, met recently to judge the final winners, who will be announced at a glistering awards ceremony on Thursday 22 March, at the Cedar Court Hotel.

Organiser and Leader of Extended Learning and Services at Exceed, Nadia Hussain said: “Once again we have had such inspiring nominations come through, and it’s going to be so wonderful to showcase these unsung heroes at the award ceremony.

“The Community Hearts Awards just seems to get bigger and bigger each year and it’s now become the most looked forward to event in the Bradford West community calendar. It’s going to be a great night”

The Community Hearts Awards event is sold, for more information about the awards visit www.communityhearts.co.uk

The full list of finalists is as follows:

Schools/Children Centres contribution to the Community

Horton Grange Primary School

Horton park Primary School

Inspirational Support Staff

Sam Whitford – Crossley Hall primary School

Leiganne Shorrocks – Horton Park Primary School

Inspirational teacher

Jabran Darr – Copthorne Primary School

Hannah Beaumont – Horton Grange Primary School

Mohammed Khan – Horton Park Primary School

Wahida parveen – Princeville Primary School

Pupil of the Year

One child from all Exceed cluster of schools

Parent/s of the Year

Neila Ahmed (Parent Horton Grange)

Derek Jones (Parent Horton Park)

Safina Najeed (Parent Preinceville)

Active Resident/Volunteer of the Year

Noreen Kauser

Frances Atkins

Lucy Hammond


Contribution within the Community Awards

Community Worker of the Year/Community Sports Coach

Abid Zaman

Naveed Mushtaque

Riffat Rabab

Community Group of the Year

Alpha United

Greenmoor Big Local Community Partnership

Great Horton Church Cricket Club

Business of the Year


Special Recognition Award

Uniformed Services

Community Hero Award