Kirkstall’s Hannah Bithell nets prestigious councillor ‘Covid Hero’ award

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Cllr Hannah Bithell

Kirstall Ward councillor Hannah Bithell has scooped a prestigious 2020 Councillor Award for Covid-19 Hero.

This evening Cllr Bithell was selected as the Covid-19 Hero for the exhausting volume of work she has undertaken, from co-ordinating donations and sewing scrub bags to setting up support networks.

Judges were impressed that she rolled up her sleeves and got stuck in, doing work within and outside of her ward to support people through the crisis. 

Cllr Bithell Tweeted after the win:

“Over the moon and more than a little shocked!”

For the 11th year running, these Awards have showcased the best of local government.

The winners were decided by a panel of judges composed of senior councillors and officers as well as leading stakeholders from across the sector. Competition was especially tight again this year with over 200 nominations received, a record amount for the Awards. A link to re-watch the Awards is available HERE.

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU said:  

“These councillors showcase the best of local government, those who have gone above and beyond to serve their communities during a hugely challenging 2020.

“The winners are all outstanding examples of a councillor’s commitment to their communities – a commitment that has especially shone through this year. Being closest to the people, councillors are vital to ensuring that communities can thrive during periods of hardship. Thank you all for your service this year.

“I would like to extend my most sincere congratulations to Cllr Bithell and thank her for her commitment to local government. We look forward to hearing more about her continued accomplishments in the future.”

Kelly Watson, Relationship Manager for Local Government, CCLA, said: “This year has given the Awards new meaning. Local government has stepped up to the plate to deliver for communities across the country this year and we are honoured to stand alongside them.”

Cllr Bithell won the award alongside Cllr Salma Mumtaz from Nottingham City Council.


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