Winners who prove that a neighbourly spirit lives on

Big-hearted Havering residents who go that extra mile for their neighbours were honoured at an awards ceremony at the Town Hall on Friday.

The third annual Havering Caring Neighbours Awards saw people from across the borough recognised for helping folk in their street with everything from odd jobs to being a shoulder to cry on.


Hornchurch and Upminster MP Angela Watkinson helped present the awards to the dedicated neighbours, which saw nominations flood in from across the borough.

Community spirit was alive and well at the ceremony, which recognised the everyday efforts of first placed Sally Clifford and runner-up Jean Freeman.

Shirley Watling, of Havering Over-50s Forum, who ran the awards, said: “It’s amazing the lengths some people will go to and it was incredibly hard to choose.

“We had one woman in her 80s who nominated her neighbour who does her washing, ironing, cooking and is on call if she needs anything day or night – even though she’s got a family of her own. We do get a lot of joy seeing people receive their awards.”

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The awards were sponsored by Pinney Talfourd Solicitors, Frank Rivett and Sons funeral directors and supported by Havering Council and Havering Age Concern.