The Outstanding Community Champion Award 2021

Andy Ritchie, the founder of Sutton Community Project is the award winner of ‘Outstanding Community Champion Award 2021’. This is given to an individual in the London borough of Sutton who has gone above and beyond to help and support vulnerable people and communities – this could be caring through those in need, or someone who organises local community projects or events.

He was also shortlisted and a finalist for ‘The Innovator of the Year Award 2021’ which recognises an individual, charity or social enterprise that has delivered innovative support or services in the face of current challenges presented by COVID-19 on face to face interaction and customer service.

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Food bank and cancer centre among Sutton Community Awards winners

‘A centre providing holistic treatment for cancer patients and a food bank start-up were among the winners at the Sutton Community Awards on Wednesday night.

The cancer centre Maggie’s won the award for outstanding voluntary organisation of the year while Andrew Ritchie, founder of the Sutton Community Project food bank, took the prize for outstanding community champion.

Ritchie said: “It is a great encouragement, recognising an individual could start, build and continue projects to serve others in our community.”

Ritchie began distributing donations from a supermarket during the first lockdown.

He then saw the need for healthier food to be delivered to those who fell on hard times and decided to approach a local organic grocer and Polish deli for donations.

Explosion in demand meant that what started as a one-man project in his porch ended up becoming an initiative requiring a team of 40 volunteers and a move to the Thomas Wall Centre, from which they now support over 60 families per week.’ (published on: 25th Feb 2022)