Citizens' Award Winners 2004
Paul Rusesabagina was the manager of a hotel in Kigali during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Paul repeatedly risked his life by sheltering 1,200 people from the murderous gangs who killed almost one in eight of the country's population. His bravery was subsequently immortalised in the 2005 film Hotel Rwanda.
Christina and Stuart Wood
Christina and Stuart Wood adopted four siblings who had been placed in separate care or foster homes and, all of whom had special needs. Not only did the Woods reunite the children, but by providing them with a stable and loving family background they have also given them hope and happiness, where there was virtually none before. Christina and Stuart have recently adopted two twins with Down's syndrome.
David Smith's son, Ryan, died from drug abuse in 1999 - he was just 18. David immediately set up a helpline for children with drug problems and constantly travels to schools giving an extraordinarily honest talk about Ryan's life, criminal behaviour and drug problems. Through his work he has almost certainly prevented countless other children becoming 'the next Ryan' and he has turned the tragedy of his son's short life into something enormously positive and valuable.
Darren and Sion Gibbs