Croydon’s Champions were honoured at an awards ceremony to recognise the borough’s unsung heroes (11/11/10).

Hundreds gathered at the Hilton hotel in Croydon for the Croydon Guardian’s ninth annual awards ceremony which aims to honour the bravery, selflessness and commitment of the people of Croydon.

Hosted by music mogul and MOBO winner Trevor Fisher with performances from dancers at Croydon College, Brit School’s Shanice Smith, rapper Scopes aka Adrian Grace from Harris Academy and indie band Zemitones.

Trevor Fisher said: “The jewel in Croydon’s crown is its people.”

Croydon Mayor Avril Slipper said it was wonderful to see so many recognised for their courage and devotion to the local community.

She said: “Many acts of kindness go un-noticed and unrecognised other than by those people who have benefitted from them.

“The excellent Croydon Champions awards are so very important. It enables those who are aware of a good deed by the unsung heroes of our town to get it recognised and applauded.

“I thank the Croydon Guardian for launching these awards nine years ago. Long may it continue.”

Assistant Editor Matthew Knowles said: “When times are hard it is often easier to forego others and concentrate looking after yourself.

“But this year’s Croydon Champions entries shows that even a recession could not dampen the spirit of giving and helping within the borough.

“Everyone who was nominated was amazing.”

Adeel Shah (in the picture above, with the Mayor) came runners up in the catergory “Best Charity Volunteer” for his charity and Jama’at work, he was awarded on the night as well as having his picture up on the Croydon Champions Magazine (which went to over 500 people)

Croydon Champions said, ” At 15, Adeel Shah has already contributed more to his community than most do in a lifetime. He has raised more than £20,000 for international charity Humanity First and is now one of the youngest-ever member of the organisation.

He has close ties with Great Ormond Street and has fund raised on a number of occasions, both in east London and, on one particular occasion, for eleven hours in central London.

His friends describe him as `caring` and `most loving` who is always helpful, his brother says “Whenever he is called to do his duty with the community he is always willing and able.”