An Eastbourne man was recognised for his charitable work at an awards ceremony in The House of Lords.
Paul Apps received the accolade at the second annual Construction Carers Awards, which were held in the Houses of Parliament by kind permission of The Lord Speaker.
The awards, sponsored by Guardian Air & Water Hygiene, seek out people who work within property from; design through construction to maintenance – who are unsung heroes who do so much for others.
The sparkling ceremony, hosted by The Rt Hon the Baroness Smith of Basildon – herself a prolific supporter of charities – was a fitting tribute to Paul, whose dedication to the charity A Band of Brothers, among other charitable events, is as inspiring as it is impressive. Paul was cited as ‘a pure inspiration to young people, guiding them through a rite of passage that shows positive social change’ by his nominator Dave Lee.
Paul said, “For me, an event like this tells me that Guardian has a big heart and that it is in touch with its community and what is really important.
“To host it here at the House of Lords is extra special because people like me sometimes think that the people here and in the House of Commons aren’t really in touch with the people. It’s great to have something that is wholly about the good that people do here.”
During the ceremony, award sponsors Guardian Air & Water Hygiene also announced a commitment to the charity Kids Company to extend its support over the coming year and carers out there, whether they are young people who are carers or people who go far beyond the call of duty.”
Chairing the panel of judges was one of the winners from the previous year, Ray Edwards, MBE. He said, “As a previous winner of this lovely award, I can say with confidence that it means the world to each of the recipients. Recognition is not the driving force for any of the winners which makes it all the better that a company like Guardian is looking out for the people who care – in many ways it’s the least we can do for these people and I’m thrilled to have been invited back and to continue my association with the event.”
Anyone interested in nominating someone that works in the built environment for a Constructive Care Award 2015 should go to www.guardianconstructivecarers.org.