The Mirror has thrown its weight behind the national #No2H8Crime awards, which will once again be supported by Jewish News, giving recognition to those on the front line tackling racism in society.

Now in its third year, the ceremony will shine a light on individuals and organisations battling anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia and other forms of hate.

The awards –  conceived by Faith Matters  are held with the support of partners including the Community Security Trust (CST), Tell MAMA, GALOP, Stop Hate UK and Stonewall.

The initiative is chaired by former CST chief executive Richard Benson, who said they are a “means of celebrating all that is good within communities and where people selflessly stand up against hatred, prejudice and intolerance.”

“We need to celebrate this distinctive characteristic of our country and also motivate people to be Upstanders for others if they are targeted with hatred and bigotry. We look forward to delivering our largest No2H8 Crime Awards in 2018.”

Speaking on behalf of the Jewish News, which has supported the No2H8 Crime Awards since its inception, editor Richard Ferrer said: “It’s a great honour to once again to be working with such a group of highly-respected organisations battling hatred and intolerance across our country.”

Last year’s winners included Dr Imam Mamadou Bocoum and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg who walked hand in hand to collect the Sheikh Abdullah Award for Intercultural Dialogue.

‘Stop Funding Hate’ received the Jo Cox Memorial Award, while Jack Stanley, a schoolboy whose befriending of Syrian refugee Rani touched the hearts of the nation on Channel 4’s Educating Manchester, picked up the Young Upstander Award.

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