Havering’s caring neighbours honoured

Havering’s caring neighbours were honoured at a special ceremony.

Sixteen residents were presented with certificates for their compassion, generosity and kindness as part of the caring neighbours awards at Havering Town Hall last Friday.

Havering Mayor, Cllr Lynden Thorpe said: “Year after year many of our residents quietly put others first, giving up their time and energy to support those around them that need help, some words of comfort or even just a cuppa and a chat.”

A total of 16 residents were nominated for an award, but four of the nominees in particular stood out as giving as much of themselves to their community, neighbours, friends and family.

First place went to Arthur Kempster, who helps his neighbour who was left on his own after his wife died when they had recently moved to Havering.

When his neighbour needed a heart operation at St Bart’s Hospital, Arthur accompanied him to hospital and travelled by train to visit him.

Arthur even hired a taxi and went to collect him when he was discharged.

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The second place in the comepetition went to 12-year-old Annie Kennedy who supports her mother by helping her to wash, dress, shopping and household chores.

The third prize went to Betty King, who cares for her disabled husband, but still finds the time to befriend the lonely.

A special award also went this year to Joyce Pagbir.

Joyce has been nominated at least once every year and usually several times since the awards scheme started.

This year she was nominated many times and she was awarded the first President’s Award for outstanding consideration, kindness and devotion to those around her.

Cllr Thorpe said: “I’m in aware of all of those people nominated and it makes me extremely proud to live in a borough where, time and again, residents put others before themselves.

“They really do enhance the lives of our residents.”

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