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Community hero Bernadetta receives her plaque

A plaque has been installed in one of Peterborough's most well-known spots to mark the community work of Bernadetta Omondi.
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Bernadetta with her plaque, backed up by BLM volunteer Ann Garrett, Community Cohesion Manager at Peterborough City Council Jawaid Khan, and Nicola Warnock of Census 2021

At the end of last year, Census 2021 ran a competition across England and Wales to recognise 22 community heroes. From pandemic volunteers, to those who support people with mental health issues - each winner has made a big difference during a turbulent year.

One of the recipients is Bernadetta, whose plaque will be placed in the gardens of Central Park; she was recognised for her services to her local community, shopping and delivering food to the people who need it, and her work to encourage cohesion and inclusion for all.

Speaking about the award, Bernadetta, who is chairperson of Black History Month, said: "I am truly grateful to have received the Census 2021 Community Hero Award, amongst the hundreds of entries that were submitted. I am passionate and proud of my community, and it's a pleasure to do what I can and to be of service to Peterborough."

The entries were judged by a panel of noteworthy community champions, led by Gavin and Stacey actress and presenter Joanna Page.

She commented: "I am honoured to have been a judge on the Census 2021 community hero awards panel. It was such a pleasure to read through all the amazing entries. In what has been a difficult year for so many of us, this was a great opportunity to say thank you to the people who go above and beyond to serve their local community."