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A local woman from Harrow has this past weekend been nominated as a ‘local hero’ for her work with vulnerable children and young adults. Laira Gold, who joined the Ignite Trust last year as a volunteer was given the award as part of the nationwide Society Sunday campaign organised by Premier Christian Communications.

Ignite Trust aims to help troubled young people to re-engage with education, to find employment or move away from antisocial behaviour, gang involvement and exploitative relationships.

The award was presented at the national ceremony hosted, by Premier at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster on June 10th, along with two other local heroes who were also being recognised. Recipients were interviewed and received prayer, thanks, a framed certificate and bouquet.

Lynne Burke, Director of Ignite, and the person who nominated Laira for this award says, “ Laura is a real blessing to Ignite and the young people she works with. She always has a smile on her face and a sense of genuine compassion for those she is working with. We were absolutely delighted to be able to nominate her as a ‘local hero’ and we are thrilled her work has been recognised.”

With over 500 churches around the country taking part, Society Sunday takes place on the nearest Sunday to the Queen’s official birthday, which this year was June 10th and the campaign is officially recognised by the UK Government department for communities and local government.

Now in its fourth year, churches are encouraged to pray for the Queen, civic leaders and ‘local heroes’ and celebrate the ways they are making a positive difference in our communities.

Peter Kerridge, CEO of Premier Christian Communications and organisers of Society Sunday says, “We are delighted to recognise Laira as one of Society Sunday’s Local Heroes. To see her selfless compassion in action is an absolute inspiration and exactly the kind of role model we want to highlight through this campaign.

Image Credit © Dan Forshaw 2018

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