The third group of people to be honoured with a British Citizen Award was announced on 29 December. Thirty three individuals will be presented with BCA medals at a ceremony next month.

The initiative was launched in the autumn of 2014 to recognise achievements by people from all walks of life. Its organisers wanted to create a new national award which mirrored - but was an antidote to the bureaucracy and formality of - the official honours system. The awards are supported by the i paper.

Mike Faulkner, co-founder of the BCA, said there had been a "sharp rise" in the number of people being nominated as word about the awards programme has spread.

He said:

In a little over a year we have reached every corner of the UK and reached out to people from all cultural backgrounds.

This for us is one of the major successes of the programme: it is truly becoming The People's Honours and that means all 'people'.

In July it was announced that Sarah, Duchess of York, had become a patron of the British Citizen Awards, joining Dame Mary Perkins, the founder of BCA sponsor Specsavers, and entrepreneur Hilary Devey, whose company Pall-Ex is another sponsor of the initiative.

Other corporate supporters of the awards include Places for People, Irwin Mitchell solicitors, Benenden and InMoment. The new BCA medallists include:

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