Mayor’s Civic Awards ceremony honours dedicated community members

PUBLISHED: 17:11 27 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:11 27 April 2017

Fred Burman with Cllr Philippa Crowder, mayor of Havering, with his certificate. Picture: Havering Council.

Fred Burman with Cllr Philippa Crowder, mayor of Havering, with his certificate. Picture: Havering Council.

Havering Council

Members of the community held in high esteem by their peers were given worthy honours at a prestigious award ceremony last week.

The Mayor’s Civic Awards, held at Havering Town Hall, recognised the selfless dedication of volunteers and charity workers, frontline service staff and community champions.

Fred Burman, 82, of Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch was one of the 39 recipients of a framed certificate and civic award pin handed out by Havering Mayor, Cllr Philippa Crowder.

“I was overwhelmed,” he said.

“It was nice to have my wife and two of my daughters there.”

Fred received an award for his work with Sight Action Havering, a charity which raises awareness for residents living with visiaul impairments.

He took over as chairman in 2002 and thanks to his efforts the charity became known to council departments and agencies.

So crucial did the service become, it was used in consultation for the redevelopment of Hornchurch High Street and the Crossrail project at Harold Wood and Gidea Park stations.

Under Fred’s guidance, a sight support unit was also established at Queen’s Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford.

In total Fred has spent more than 30 years volunteering.

“I have found it [volunteering] tremendous,” he continued.

“It is something money cannot buy, when you help someone who can’t do something.”

Cllr Crowder added: “It was such a good turn out. So many friends and family attended we ran out of

chairs and there was standing room only.

“We gave out 39 awards and we could have kept going, there’s so many worthy people nominated.

“The volunteers, charity workers and people within the community are so deserving.”

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