Oliver receiving BCAa Certificate from Tim Vincent and Dame Mary Perkins


Stories Of Care’s Founder and Executive Producer, Sophie Willan, and Lead Artist, Oliver Sykes, have been recognised at the Palace of Westminster with the prestigious British Citizen Award (BCA) in recognition of their extraordinary endeavours in the Arts since 2012. The British Citizen Award in partnership with One Stop, is now in its eighth year and recognises exceptional individuals who positively impact their communities throughout the country.

The January 2022 Presentation had been postponed due to Government Guidelines, but Sophie and Oliver were both due to be presented on 24th March 2022 with The British Citizen Award for Services to the Arts. Sadly, Sophie was unable to attend so Oliver, accompanied by Stories Of Care’s Production Assistants, Susie Hadaway, Toni Lampert and Beatrice Kabera, collected their prestigious BCA Medal of Honours. Oliver was presented with their Medals of Honour by BCA Patron and Founder of Specsavers, Dame Mary Perkins. 

Left to right: Susie Hadaway, Toni Lampert, Beatrice Kabera and Oliver Sykes

The British Citizen Award (BCA) was established in 2015 to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on their communities and society. The BCA recognises true community heroes who would otherwise likely be overlooked. Dubbed ‘The People’s Honours’, many recipients have subsequently been selected to receive a Queen’s Honour after their endeavours have been recognised with a BCA.

Each medalist had a day to remember befitting their achievements. At the Palace of Westminster medals were presented by Senior Representatives from official partner One Stop, Places for People, Specsavers, Objective HR and Experian, who all support this unique programme. Following this, medalists were treated to an Open Top Lap of Honour tour before attending a certificate presentation at the prestigious Church House.

The British Citizen Award is widely viewed as the nation’s way of recognising extraordinary, everyday people for exceptional endeavor and are truly representative of today’s multicultural Britain.