The Mirror Newspaper Partners with the Annual No2H8 Awards

We are proud to announce the Mirror as the official media partner of the No2H8 Crime Awards 2018.

The Mirror has a long and proud history for calling out racism and intolerance right across society. They stand up for what is right and give a voice to those who need it most.

With incidents of hate crimes on the rise and antisemitic and anti-Muslim hatred being felt across the UK, we are proud to partner with the Mirror and to defend the right for people to live their lives without fear and to identify and be proud of who they are. The No2H8 Crime Awards have become the annual event to celebrate all that is good in our country and to ensure that decency, respect and tolerance for others are at the heart of our communities.

The third No2H8 Crime Awards will take place on Thursday 13th September honouring those who stand against hatred, prejudice and intolerance.

Nominations will open in July and anyone can nominate someone who has challenged hatred throughout the country, and made a positive impact in their community and stood up to prejudice and intolerance.

Previous winners of the No2H8 Crime Awards include medical specialist Dr Nasser Kurdy who was stabbed in the neck outside of the Altrincham mosque in September 2017 and helped those injured in the Manchester Arena bomb.  

Other winners include Jack Stanley who was awarded the Young Upstander Award. Jack, 13, was featured on the national documentary ‘Educating Manchester’, where Jack comforted and made friends with Syrian refugee Rani Assad who was bullied at school. His actions led to the national hashtag #BeMoreLikeJack trending on Twitter.

Speaking about this important and exciting national media partnership, the Chair of the No2H8 Crime Awards, Richard Benson OBE, said:

“We are proud to partner with the Mirror ensuring that people across the country can nominate men, women; young people and statutory authorities for the No2H8 Crime Awards.

“This partnership not only widens the engagement of the Awards across the country, it also places this national unique event on the map as a means of celebrating all that is good within communities and where people selflessly stand up against hatred, prejudice and intolerance.

“We need to celebrate this distinctive characteristic of our country and also motivate people to be Upstanders for others if they are targeted with hatred and bigotry. We look forward to delivering our largest No2H8 Crime Awards in 2018 and with the Mirror, we go from strength to strength.”

 Alison Phillips, Daily Mirror Editor said:

“Racism and prejudice have no place in our society and the Mirror has a proud history for standing up for what is right.

“We are excited to work with the No2H8 Crime Awards, honouring those who help to stamp out hate crimes in their community and refusing to accept any sort of prejudice or intolerance.”

Speaking on behalf of the Jewish News which has supported the No2H8 Crime Awards since its inception, Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer said: “It’s a great honour to once again to be working with such a group of highly-respected organisations battling hatred and intolerance across our country.”

The No2H8 Crime Awards would like to thank the founding media partners, the Jewish News, who supported the Awards right from the start of the inception. This relationship and partnership continues and we would especially like to thank Richard Ferrer, the Editor of the Jewish News and Justin Cohen, the News Editor of the Jewish News. Both of these individuals have helped to develop and shape these Awards and we would like to thank them for their enormous efforts. We hope that you may support the Jewish News and their visionary community journalism in the future.

Richard Benson Appointed to Chair the National #No2H8 Crime Awards

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of ex-CST Chief Executive, Richard Benson, as the Chair of the national #No2H8 Crime Awards which will be taking place in October 2017. This is an ongoing appointment and we welcome the expertise on offer through this appointment.

Following on from the successful launch of the anti-Hate Crime Awards in 2016 which attracted over 40 organisations and over 300 people, Faith Matters is proud to announce the appointment of Richard Benson as the Chair of the national awards scheme for 2017. Themed as ‘Communities Countering Hatred‘ the national awards scheme will celebrate and honour those civil society activists, religious leaders, organisations and politicians who have inspired others and worked to reduce hatred, intolerance and prejudice in their local communities.
 
This initiative is the only national awards ceremony which ensures that those working in the fields of hate crime monitoring, community cohesion and integration are honoured in the United Kingdom. The scheme therefore covers England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In 2017, there will be over 15 categories of nominations celebrating the work of young people through to organisations and faith leaders and at a time of global change and insecurity, the awards are also meant to provide a focal point to mobilise and motivate communities to be ‘Upstanders’ against hatred within communities.
 
Speaking about his appointment as Chair of the national awards scheme, the ex-CEO of the Community Security Trust, Richard Benson, said:
“I have devoted over 20 years of my professional and private life to combating anti-semitism and all forms of hate crimes and have worked with amazing people and organisations who are at the sharp end of countering the same issues. They stand up for what’s right and with so much intolerance and hatred these brave people need to be honoured openly and proudly for what they do”.