Courageous tenant wins housing heroes award
A tenant from Leicestershire – Cherie Tinenti - has won a prestigious prize at the UK Housing Heroes Awards in London today.
he awards were established in 2009 to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the many unsung heroes working in the housing sector.
Cherie won the Inspirational Tenant of the Year Award for her outstanding community service and her courage in helping to drive out crime from one of Leicestershire’s most deprived areas. Last year she won the National Home Office Community Crime Fighter Award presented by Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Despite the recent tragic loss of her husband, Cherie has continued to work hard and late last year she succeeded in opening the first Community Flat in Charnwood, which is named after her late husband - The Marios Tinenti Centre.
Cherie collected her award at the Hilton Hotel from BBC TV personality Ben Fogle. In total, awards were presented in 15 different categories in an event organised jointly by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine.
The Chartered Institute of Housing’s Kathy Hanson said: "In a short space of time Cherie has lobbied tirelessly to make improvements on behalf of residents. From CCTV, to landscaping to increased Police presence she has inspired many and earned immense respect from her friends and neighbours. And all of this has been achieved despite the sad loss of her husband. Cherie is a more than worthy winner of the 2010 Housing Heroes Awards."