Rev Paul Nicolson wins Sheila McKechnie #LongTermAchievement award
Z2K is absolutely delighted to hear that our founder, the late Rev Paul Nicolson, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.
After finding his calling in the church, Paul was deeply moved by the struggles of his poorest parishioners. With like-minded friends, he founded Zacchaeus 2000 (Z2K) in opposition to Margaret Thatcher’s Poll Tax in the early-1990s – seeking to support those dragged to Magistrates Court because they couldn’t pay. Z2K’s Chief Executive, Anela Anwar, said:
“Sheila McKechnie is renowned as the most influential campaigner of her generation, and so this award is a magnificent tribute to Paul’s own work. He was rightly relentless in his determination to speak truth to those in power and always prepared to make sacrifices himself in pursuit of the causes he stood for.”
“At the risk of financial ruin, he took his own local authority all the way to the Supreme Court for its unjust imposition of a new Poll Tax on its poorest residents – and won! And he was sleeping out on the streets earlier this year to help raise awareness of the growing numbers of homeless families. We miss him deeply at Z2K, but are inspired by his memory to continue challenging those in power to end the scourge of poverty and homelessness.”