Sanjeev Bhasker to Compere the 2019 No2H8 Crime Awards

We are proud to announce that Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE will be compering the 2019 annual No2H8 Crime Awards. We would like to thank him for his support to the No2H8 Crime Awards and some more information on his professional background is listed below.

“Actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar gained publicity as creator and performer of the BBC hit series GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME. His film roles have included NOTTING HILL (Roger Michell), THE ZERO THEORUM (Terry Gilliam) and PADDINGTON 2.

Sanjeev led the cast in the BAFTA award-winning television series INDIAN DOCTOR which garnered record ratings and critical acclaim. He has appeared in the West End as King Arthur in Eric Idle’s SPAMALOT and in 2015 he played the role of Alawi in DINNER WITH SADDAM at the Menier Chocolate Factory. He also wrote and starred in THE KUMARS AT NO. 42 which had global success winning two Emmys, a BAFTA nomination, a British Comedy Award and the Bronze Rose at Montreaux. He plays DI Sunny Khan in ITV’s award-winning drama UNFORGOTTEN and has a prominent role in Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis film, YESTERDAY.”

We Welcome Six Time Olympian, Tessa Sanderson CBE, as a Patron of the NO2H8 Awards

We are proud to announce that Tessa Sanderson CBE has agreed to become a patron for the annual No2H8 Awards. 

Tessa ignited pride in the nation as she went onto win Gold in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and also competed in six Olympiads. She is the first black British woman to have won an Olympic gold medal and remains an inspiration for many women and young people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities, who want to focus their energies within sports.

 Commenting on becoming a patron for the NO2H8 Awards, Tessa said:

“It is an honour to have been invited to be a patron of the No2H8 Crime Awards. As someone who experienced racism in their early career, I have always encouraged diversity within sport and other areas of life, and it is always very disheartening to hear people are still experiencing discrimination, whether that be towards their gender, race or religious beliefs. I am proud of anyone who has taken a stance against intolerance and hatred, and congratulate everyone who is nominated for one of these awards, which highlights the bravery and hard work of individuals and organisations who are doing their utmost to rid our society of prejudice. I only wish I had the courage to do so when I was younger. I am so pleased to be a patron for such a good cause and look forward to working with team on the awards.”

The Home Secretary Comes Out in Support of the No2H8 Crime Awards

We are grateful for the following comments from the Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon Sajid Javid MP. The No2H8 Crime Awards have gone from strength to strength over the last 3 years and this year, we have the largest gathering of hate crime partners, police forces, politicians and members of the public, who work daily countering hatred, prejudice and intolerance.

Statement from the Home Secretary on the No2H8 Crime Awards:

“These awards are a powerful opportunity to promote what is positive in British society. We are lucky to live in a diverse, tolerant and open society and the people that we celebrate tonight have taken a stand for these important principles. Just as hate crimes impact right across our communities, those who confront such prejudice come from a wide range of faiths and backgrounds and we must take heart from that”.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Honours All Those Nominated for a No2H8 Crime Award

We are honoured to receive the following statement of support from the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “Over the last year coverage of hate crime has been all too prevalent across the news and on social media. However, that does make tonight’s message even more poignant and important, and it gives us an opportunity to recognise those individuals who have been a positive force in working to help end hate crime and be a positive influence in their community.

“Congratulations to everybody nominated for an award. You are all a credit to your communities and serve as an inspiration to us all.”

 

Deputy Mayor for London Congratulates All Those Nominated in the No2H8 Crime Awards

We have received the following statement from Sophie Linden, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime:

“I am hugely proud to be Deputy Mayor of such a diverse and multi-talented city, and our ability to celebrate difference is one of our greatest strengths.

“However, we know some communities are feeling increasingly isolated, threatened and victimised because of who they are, how they live, what they believe or who they love. That is why Hate Crime is one of the top priorities in our Police and Crime Plan, because no one should be made to feel afraid, or unwelcome.

“It is everyday acts of mutual respect, compassion, kindness and professionalism that make the difference and I applaud all those who stand up against discrimination. 

“Congratulations to all those who have been nominated for and receive a NO2H8 2018 Award for your efforts in challenging hatred, intolerance and bigotry.”

 

 

Statement by the Chairman of the Conservative Party – the Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP

We are honoured to have received the following statement of support from the Chairman of the Conservative Party – the Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, in relation to the No2H8 Crime Awards.

“I am pleased to see that the National No2H8 Crime awards continues to impress, championing the brilliant work being done across the country.

 Our nation’s culture is enriched by families and people who have come here from all over the world. With faith, or celebrating or honouring past events and traditions, one person educates another. But we are also one community – and should never lose sight that when hate is spread, it is done so to everyone.

 No individual should live in fear or isolation, which is why we have reaffirmed our commitment to tackling hate crime by updating our Hate Crime Action Plan in July to offer greater resources and training to police officers. But there is more to do.

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate all those being honoured for their hard and tireless work towards tackling intolerance and prejudice. It is vital that we all work together to support cohesion”.

 

Greater Manchester Police Constable is Shortlisted for National Hate Crime Award

A Greater Manchester Police officer has been shortlisted for a high profile national award this month.

PC David Willetts has been nominated for the ‘Supporting Victims, Reporting Hate Crimes’ category of the No2H8 Crime awards 2018 in recognition for his work within the City of Manchester borough.

Winners will be announced at a celebratory gala dinner in central London on Thursday 13th September.

The awards recognise the important work that people do in communities up and down the country to stand against hatred, intolerance and prejudice.

PC Willetts has been a driving force behind supporting victims of hate crime and ensuring that hate crimes are reported in Manchester.

Policy makers, senior officials, hate crime agencies and community members will all be in attendance at the gala dinner.

PC Willetts said: “I’m very pleased to be shortlisted for the award and I’m looking forward to attending the event.

“The nomination is in recognition of the work which is being done within the City of Manchester to ensure hate crimes are reported and victims are supported.”

Every year hate crime brings misery to thousands of victims and it can be a frightening experience because they have been targeted because of who they are.

Attacks are often very personal and specifically targeted, which means it’s less likely to be a random attack.

NO2H8 crime awards are a coalition of organisations that work on tackling hatred, intolerance and prejudice including the Community Security TrustGALOPStonewall and the ‘No to Hate Crime’ campaign.

The awards recognise many individuals within communities who work tirelessly to ensure that the dignity of individuals is protected and ensure that everyone in our country should be able to live their lives free from fear.

This year’s awards theme is ‘Upstanders and Not Bystanders‘ which reflects the need to challenge hatred, intolerance and bigotry safely.

Lisa Wadham, No2H8 Crime Awards 2018, added: “We are delighted to confirm that David Willetts has been shortlisted for the Supporting Victims, Reporting Hate Crimes Award at this year’s awards.

“The event promises to be a fantastic evening which will celebrate the important work of ‘Upstanders’ in our society.”

Keep up-to-date with the awards on Twitter at @No2H8CRIME AWARDS or via the hashtag #No2H8 Crime Awards.

Statement of support from Extremism Lead Commissioner – Sara Khan

We have received the following supportive statement on the No2H8 Crime Awards from the Extremism Commissioner – Sara Khan. 

“Amid concerns of polarisation, intolerance and anger, it takes huge courage to stand up to hatred. It’s rarely the easy or popular option. We owe every one of the individuals celebrated today a huge debt, not just for the actions they’ve taken but for showing us a different way.

“The Commission for Countering Extremism wants to help everyone do more to challenge extremism. Hatred towards others can inspire people into extremism; extremism can normalise hatred in our society.

“People across the country are deeply concerned about the impact of extremism. Up and down the country brave counter extremists and activists are challenging those who seek to divide us. We need to support these brave people and build a coalition, a movement of all those people who are opposed to all forms of active hatred and extremism. These awards show that is possible.

“So I am delighted to say well done and a big thank you to the award winners, and to all the other unsung heroes who stand up to hate and extremism. You are the backbone of our country. As Millicent Fawcett said: “courage calls to courage everywhere”. Let’s say No2h8, let’s unite all those who believe in tolerance, equality and diversity and together let us defend and preserve these values which are the very foundations of our country.”

Sara Khan, Lead Commissioner, Commission for Countering Extremism

June Sarpong to be Presenter at the No2H8 Awards 2018

We are honoured to announce that TV presenter and social commentator, June Sarpong MBE, will be presenting at the annual No2H8 Awards in mid September.

Ms Sarpong MBE has regularly commented on the need to tackle racism, prejudice and bigotry and we are therefore proud that she will be with us on the night.

If you would like to nominate an Upstander against hatred, you can do so here and there are a number of award categories to choose from.

The Mirror, Kiss FM, Magic and a Range of National Media Partners Link to the No2H8 Awards

As the national nominations for the annual No2H8 Crime Awards open on the 1st of July 2018, we are proud to announce that the Bauer owned media titles and radio stations – Take a Break, That’s Life, Bella, and Closer, alongside Magic, Kiss, Absolute and Hits Radio have all become No2H8 Crime Awards media partners. This is in addition to the Mirror, Jewish News and Pride Radio.

These partnerships will ensure that grass roots communities across the Country will be able to nominate and honour those heroes in local communities who stand against hate. They will also ensure that a core social value of standing against hatred and intolerance is strengthened at a wider national level.

Speaking on the national media partnerships, the Chair of the No2H8 Crime Awards, Richard Benson OBE said:

“We are proud to see so many media agencies standing up for what is right and for core social values that we all enjoy. Given that hate incidents have risen across communities, it is essential that we all send out a strong signal, that we will not tolerate hatred and prejudice in our communities. This is why we celebrate those heroes standing against hate in communities and why we must re-enforce the need for society to remain vigilant and pro-active in reducing it.”