Mayor’s Civic Awards ceremony honours dedicated community members
PUBLISHED: 17:11 27 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:11 27 April 2017
Members of the community held in high esteem by their peers were given worthy honours at a prestigious award ceremony last week.
Mayor's Civic Awards
From left, mayor Cllr Philippa Crowder, and Cllr Jason Frost, with Rosalind Ann Ashley who gained an award for her work with national charity Leukaemia CARE . Picture: Havering Council.
From left, mayor Cllr Philippa Crowder with Jan Stainer who gained an award for helping parishoners and work at the Collier Row foodbank. Picture: Havering Council.
From left, mayor of Havering Cllr Philippa Crowder and Pc Belinda Goodwin for setting up Havering Street Watch Scheme and volunteering her spare time to the service. Picture: Havering Council.
From left, mayor Cllr Philippa Crowder with Peter Eliott nominated for decorating his house for members of the Noak Hill community. Picture: Havering Council.
From left, mayor Cllr Philippa Crowder and Sarah Burls who gained an award for organising presents for children in hospital. Picture: Havering Council.
Havering mayor, Cllr Philippa Crowder and Dr Jamsheed Khan who gained an award for sea 30-year career helping patients. Picture: Havering Council.
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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