Record breakers and charity workers are amongst the finalists at this year’s Fusion Awards.
This year’s event will take place on Saturday May 26. The nomination process again saw a high calibre of entries from across the North West.
They are open to all regardless of culture, background or religion, and are sponsored by Asian Image Among the finalists this is Sri Guru Gobind Singh Temple which is nominated in the community group of the year category. They are featured alongside the One Voice Community Gospel choir of Preston and Ermine Healthy Communities Partnership.
The Woman of the Year category features community workers Joyce Plummer, Rukeya Sidat and Farah Ayub.
The Man of the year Category features retired youth worker Mohammad Habeebullah of Rochdale and charity fundraiser Hussain Master of Preston.
The Community Cohesion award features Sylvia Lancaster who set-up the Sophie Lancaster foundation after her daughter was murdered and community volunteer Dawn Boothby.
This year there will also be a special Young Neighbourhood Champion award and a Young Enterprise champion award.
The recipient of the Uclan Education Award will be presented on the night as will the Mumtaz Ellahi Community Sports Organiser award and the achievement in sport award.
The event is normally sold out by the end of April. For anyone wanting ticket information you can at this stage call 01254 298263.
>> Community group of the Year One Voice Community Gospel Choir (Preston); Noor for the Blind (Bolton); Sri Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara (Manchester); The Water Project Rossendale; Ermine Healthy Communities Partnership Group (Blackburn).
>> Man of the year Imran Khan (Blackburn); Mohammad Habeebullah OBE (Rochdale); Manhar Taylor (Ashton) Retired Nurse; Hussain Master (Preston).
>> Woman of the year Rukeya Sidat (Preston); Joyce Plummer (Accrington); Noreen Hameed (Blackburn); Farah Ayub (Manchester) >> Youth Leadership Award Sanna Angeela Azam (Accrington); Deeplish Girls Group (Rochdale); Safia Zaman (Manchester); Olivia Johnson (Preston), Jaffer Ali Hussain (Blackburn); >> Community Cohesion award Dawn Boothby (Preston); Sylvia Lancaster (Haslingden); BADWUAR; Rochdale Rhinos Deaf FC; Javed Iqbal.
>> Entrepreneur of the year Syed and Shaza Ul Hassan ‘Frurt’ (Manchester); Kathleen McSorley and Jeanine Poulsom (Bolton); Ghazanfar Ali Anwar ‘Imana Estates’ (Burnley) ; Yasmin Hussain ‘Tri-Namic Balls’ (Blackburn); Lynne Webster ‘Shimmers Hair’ (Wigan) >> Public Service Award Zohra Anwar (Occupational Therapist); Assia Shah (Former Manager Manchester Probation service and chaplain); Nazir Afzal (Chief Crown Prosecutor); Pete Lang (Lancashire Constabulary).