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Awards highlight work of Havering's heroes

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 May 2016

Mayor's civic awards 2016

Mayor's civic awards 2016

Mark Sepple

Marathon runners, charity fundraisers and everyday heroes were among those to receive awards from Havering's mayor.

The winners

Alan Brumwell, charity fundraiser

Cyril and Frances Allen, Royal British Legion fundraisers

Ernie Abbott, volunteer and charity fundraiser

Lesley Davey and Lesley Dunn, Tesco community champions

Ivan Corea, autism campaigner

Bunny Eagling, fundraiser and entertainer

Paul Freedman, charity fundraiser

Andrew Griffiths, chairman of the Friends of Parklands

Sue Gilmour, lifesaver

Amie Hampsheir-Gill, Brownie leader

Connie Hawkins, charity fundraiser

Bernadette Harrington, Bernadette Knowles and Michael Palfreman, volunteers with Havering Handicapped and Helpers Club (The 3h Club)

Angela March, founder of Sensa (Special Educational Needs Support and Advocacy)

Dr Gurdev Sain, former GP

Frank Mason, volunteer

Tony Martin, boxing coach

Mayor of Havering, Cllr Brian Eagling, presented Civic Awards to 20 people at Havering Town Hall on April 12.

He said: “The Civic Awards are a small way of recognising the tremendous contribution people make to our community here in Havering.

“Each one was nominated by other residents who appreciate the work they do and I was delighted to present them with these special certificates.”

Many of those who received awards have raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Alan Brumwell and Paul Freedman have both run many marathons to support their chosen charities.

Ernie Abbott and Cllr Eagling’s wife Bunny have both raised £40,000 while Connie Hawkins has raised thousands of pounds for Saint Francis Hospice and the Rainbow Children’s Charity.

Cyril and Franics Allen have collected between £10,000 and £15,000 for the Royal British legion’s Poppy Appeal each year for at least 15 years. The pair, who are 88 and 87 respectively, always stand outside BHS in the Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford.

Cyril said: “We were pleased to get the awards. We obviously did not do it for that, but it’s nice to be recognised.

“We have done it for many years always in the same spot.

“People know us and they come back every year.”

Havering residents also received awards in recognition of sharing their time and skills for the benefit of the community.

Sue Gilmour had completed a first aid course just six weeks before giving life-saving CPR to a woman who suffered a cardiac arrest. While Amie Hampsheir-Gill postponed her doctor’s recommendation to go to hospital and instead helped lead a meeting of the Brownies.

Andrew Griffiths received an award in recognition of his work with Friends of Parklands, Upminster, while Bernadette Harrington, Bernadette Knowles and Michael Palfreman all received awards in recognition of their work with the Havering Handicapped and Helpers Club.

Other awards were presented in recognition of people who have supported sportsmen and women as well as those with medical conditions.

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