Ramsgate mayor wins top community award

Raushan, with husband Reza, at the LGiU awards

Ramsgate mayor Raushan Ara has been named as the community champion winner in the LGiU and CCLA 2019 Councillor Achievement Awards.

This year was the tenth year for the awards which highlight the achievements of councillors across England and Wales..

There were nearly 250 nominations received and .Cllr Ara was one of six contenders in the community champion section.

The councillor who wins the award has to demonstrate-they have championed a cause (or several) on behalf of the community using council mechanisms or structures, leading to positive change for the local area;

Cllr Ara is involved in numerous community efforts, including the Thanet Winter Shelter, litterpicks and campaigning for improved conditions in Ramsgate.

The winners were announced at a ceremony in London yesterday (November 5).

Cllr Ara said: “Yesterday I attended the  LGiU awards at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London as a nominee for the Community Champion award.

“When my name was called, I was surprised and elated. Receiving this award is such an honour but it would not have been possible without my wonderful husband and all the kind volunteers and supporters who have helped me raise funds and do community work.

“This award is not just for me it is  for all those supporters. I also want to thank all the people who nominated me and a huge thank you to Rabbi Cliff Cohen and his wife Helen for attending the award ceremony to support me and my mum, my son Raivi and last not least my husband .

“At times like this I miss my father who passed away in March this year. I am the woman I am today because of the love and values he instilled in all his children.”


  1. It would appear that congratulations are in order so be it. I don’t know the lady of course which has only been mayoress for 5 minutes not very long at so how did she qualify for this? I’m not being funny but I’d be interested in knowing more details thank you.

    • It’s got nothing to do with Raushan’s being a mayor for “5 minutes” and everything to do with the sterling work she’s been doing over many years for Ramsgate’s hungry and homeless.

    • You are more than welcome to check out Raushans’ record on this. She has been in Ramsgate for 31 years, and has been very active in the community almost since day one. Mencap, the Homeless, Foreland School, the Food Banks, and the Winter Shelter are just five of the worthwhile causes that she espouses. This award is VERY well deserved!

  2. Read the article for more details. Raushan’s hard work over the years has brought her this well-deserved acclaim. Congratulations Raushan!

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