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Friends, Families and Travellers Awards 2024: Here’s the shortlist!

Today, Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) are proud to announce the shortlist for the Friends, Families and Travellers Awards 2024!

The awards celebrate inspiring individuals from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities who have made a special contribution to wider society and their own communities.

It’s never easy putting together a shortlist – we were spoilt for choice with the amount of passionate and inspiring nominations to choose from. Every person and project nominated has worked hard to better their own lives and the lives of those around them. We continue to be proud of each and every one of you!

In no particular order, here are the shortlisted people and projects for each of the six awards:

  • Inspirational Young Person Award
    • Joseph Baker
    • Emma Ward
    • Crystal Smith
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage Award
    • Abby Young
    • Bela Varadi
    • Kelly Horsley
  • Sporting Excellence Award
    • Les Stevens
    • Samanta Norbury-Webster
    • Eli Green
  • The Education Award
    • Martin McDonagh
    • Pierina Tello
    • Marie Bowers
  • Inspiring Project Award
    • Psychotherapy & Skills Coaching Service for Boat Dwellers without a Home Mooring
    • Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Women’s Health Group
    • Showmen’s Mental Health Awareness Charity
  • Alexander Award for Lifetime Achievement
    • Edwina Heard
    • Chris Penfold Brown
    • Johnny Doherty

Congratulations to you all and good luck!

The awards will be held on the 25th April 2024 at the Brighthelm in Brighton.

We look forward to welcoming you for an evening dedicated to the hard work of these projects and individuals. Winners will be announced at the ceremony.

The winners from the FFT Awards 2022 can be seen here.

Join us in wishing all nominees the best of luck!

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