The winner of Living Streets' Charles Maher Award - Walking Champion 2022 is Nasreen Hanif from Leeds!
Nasreen, a volunteer with Leeds Older People's Forum, campaigned for two years to engage the council on improving pedestrian accessibility in her area of north Leeds and ensure local pedestrians' voices were heard.
Thanks to her skilled advocacy some crossings have already been adapted to give more time for people to cross, with further pledges from the council for more assessments and better consultation with local communities.
“I feel very honoured to win this award and to feel part of something bigger.
“Change happens from grass roots. It is up to each person to make a small contribution to real change; to beaver away; not with the expectation that they will achieve results, but with the understanding that everything they do is a step towards that. I’m grateful to everyone who has helped us make a difference where we live and encourage others to take action in their communities.”
Living Streets’ annual Charles Maher Award recognises an individual, Local Group or organisation that has campaigned to get more people walking in their area.
Named to commemorate long-standing member and campaigner Charles Maher who left a significant legacy to the charity, our award celebrates the impact and creativity that campaigners have on their local streets every year.