Brentwood man given Unsung Hero award for charity work spanning 40 years

A Brentwood man has been awarded the Pride of Essex’s Unsung Hero award for his charity work spanning almost 40 years.

It will be the third award Roy Tyzack, from Navestock, has received this year.

His previous ones include a Royal Humane Society Double Citation for life saving and a SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) National Defibrilator award.

Both were related to his efforts to resuscitate two people on separate occasions who suffered form cardiac arrests.

An old friend of Roy’s Dennis Rensch, the deputy lieutenant of Essex, nominated him and collated information on every charitable organisation he had run since the 1970s.

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Amongst his work he has organised and run charity football matches, cricket matches, dinner dances, car rallies and charity auctions.

He has DJ’d for free for charity events, arranged cabarets, and has raised money to buy a specially equipped ambulance with a tail lift and raised garden for wheelchair users for Chigwell House, as well as raising funds for Cancer Research UK, The British Heart Foundation, St Francis Hospice and Essex Air Ambulance.

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Dave Monk, from BBC Essex, who presented the award to Roy added that he is involved with the Ambulance First Responders and mentioned his previous life-saving incidents.

He added: “He also manages to find time to head the steering group of his local village society. When does he sleep?!”

Roy said: “It was a marvellous evening and I was privileged to be in the company of people who had done some amazing things, often whilst overcoming their physical constraints.

“I feel very proud to have been chosen as the recipient of this fantastic award; 2012 will certainly be a year for me to remember for all the right reasons.”

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