Hero Awards

Time & Leisure Community Hero Awards: The Winners!

Time & Leisure

Community Hero Awards

Recognising the incredible work of local people during the Coronavirus outbreak, we asked our readers to nominate someone in south west London or Surrey who deserves to win one of Time & Leisure’s Hero Awards prizes…

During the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen the most amazing acts of kindness, bravery and compassion. From our NHS workers on the frontline and those providing essential services to keep us going, to the everyday heroes volunteering in our communities. We asked you to nominate those people who made such a difference during such trying times. We’re delighted to announce


Syebvonne Nguyen. Syebvonne received many nominations from our readers who praised her tireless efforts to make masks for the NHS as well as her community spirit and willingness to help others. Read her story.

Nichola Green. The Rose & Crown’s Nichola Green has done an outstanding job in providing thousands of meals for NHS Workers. Find out more about her inspiring story.

Lisa Ross, of the OSO in Barnes, set up the crisis kitchen to provide meals for those in need. Find out more.

Xavier Wiggins stepped up as soon as the crisis hit, co-founding DONS Local Action Group. Read his story. 

Natalya Fox: frontline doctor Natalya Fox was nominated for her work on the COVID team at Kingston Hospital.

Katy Kenyon co-founded Sewing4Kingston, mobilising 1,500 volunteers and making 40,000 items of PPE to date.

Paul Pickhaver has spearhead Kingston FoodBank’s vital role in providing essential supplies to those in need.


We were inundated with nominations and heard so many wonderful stories. And what is clear is that we live in the most giving and caring communities.

Among those nominees who deserve a special mention are:

Prabha Shetty for her dedication to the Milaap Centre in Kingston.

BRaG – a North Kingston neighbourhood group who quickly mobilised street groups, kept up the community spirit and raised a huge amount for charities.

Ashley Bates – teacher Ashley set up a virtual school in his shed so children could keep up with their studies.

Merton Mutual Aid Group – offering vital help to the community.

Binder Gill – baking thousands of delicious samosas to raise money for the NHS.

Read more about why we set up this search. And many thanks to our sponsors who kindly donated prizes, and our awards ambassadors Adrian Mills and Angellica Bell.