Could one of these be Citizen of the year 2012?

HERE are five more unsung heroes who’ve all been nominated as Citizen of the Year 2012 for their efforts to make our community a better place.

Sadly this award can only go to one of them. But as you will see, each of those nominated would be worthy winners.

First is the dual nomination of Chris Johnson and Margaret Moore who twice a week run the Night Shelter at Radford Road Methodist and United Reformed Church in Leamington.

In 2008 the retired lorry driver from Southam and administrative worker from Leamington met at a justice and peace group and each determined to do something to help the homeless.

“Even though back then the police told us there were no homeless people in Leamington, we were able to establish that there were,” said 70-year-old Chris, whose former work as a long-distance driver means he is able to stay awake throughout the long nights in the church hall.

Margaret, aged 67, was grateful for the initial help they received from Bath Place Community Venture where the shelter was originally established on Sunday nights.

After the Venture building burned down, in September 2009, the pair were glad of the offer of the Radford Road church which has proved ideal.

They turn nobody away, opened the shelter at Christmas and, with the help of a rota of 27 fellow volunteers, are now looking for other places they can occupy for a night.

Leamington supporter Marjorie Carrier, who nominated the pair, said: “These unassuming, gentle people, unreservedly welcome the vulnerable and homeless.

“They give their time and energy to provide hot food, sleeping and washing facilities, companionship as well as accompanying people to see doctors.

“They do not seek recognition for the work they do, but no one deserves it more.”