Community members celebrated during Police Cohesion thank you event
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Friday (17 March) saw the return of the Bedfordshire Police Community Cohesion thank you event, which was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Community Cohesion awards are an opportunity for our officers and staff to celebrate collaborative working with our communities and to thank them for their support to policing.
The evening event, which was attended by over 300 community partners, saw nine community members being presented with awards, having gone above and beyond to support the police and their community.
Individuals and organisations were nominated by the Cohesion team and Community Policing teams. The nominations were then presented to a community panel and a representative from Bedfordshire Police who selected the category winners.
The final award of the evening was a special recognition award which was presented to one member of the Luton community, who in the last 12 years has raised over £1.3 million for charities across the county. The winner of the "Outstanding Contribution to Communities" was chosen by members of the Cohesion Team and was awarded to Mostaque Koyes.
Like many award winners on the night, Mostaque’s charitable commitment and community-focused approach remained a priority, even in the face of personal life challenges and illness.
The "Cohesion Choice" award was won by ‘mother to many’, Sandra Hayes, and Delia Chiuzbaian was crowned "Volunteer of the Year" having founded and upheld the Eastern-Europeans Rights Organisation in Luton.
Chief Inspector Hob Hoque, founder of the Cohesion thank you event said:
“It has been great to host another successful community cohesion awards following a short break due to the pandemic.
“We have built some strong and long-term relationships with people from all backgrounds and remain proud of all that we have been able to achieve together.
“Bedfordshire continues to demonstrate the power of community and collaboration in several ways.
“It has been a pleasure supporting and connecting with so many of you over the years.”
Chief Constable Trevor Rodenhurst said:
"We know that many people in our county are being affected by the cost-of-living crisis and young people and families are struggling to have a hot meal, during the night we raised £1247 for the Bedford, Dunstable and Luton foodbanks. Donations are ongoing.
"The work that the foodbanks do is incredible, and we are extremely lucky to have such an amazing community in Bedfordshire who all pull together in times of need.
"We would like to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors, without your support, we wouldn’t be able to celebrate our communities and give thanks for their support."