Awards for West Norfolk’s volunteers

Awards King's Lynn ANL-140404-170333001
Awards King's Lynn ANL-140404-170333001

Dedicated volunteers who have made a great difference to communities in West Norfolk were honoured in an award ceremony.

Scout leaders, fundraisers and community group organisers were presented with certificates during the Mayor’s Awards for Voluntary Service.

West Norfolk’s mayor Elizabeth Watson was joined in celebrating volunteers in Lynn Town Hall by the newly appointed High Sheriff of Norfolk, Lady Dannatt.

The mayor said: “It was a very great privilege to present awards to our amazing band of volunteers all of whom contribute so much to the borough.

“I was very moved by the citations and was delighted to be part of the recognition we give to those people who give their time so generously to help others. I sincerely hope that we continue to honour these ‘unsung heroes’ for many years to come, as without them life would be much the poorer.”

The awards, which began in 1995, celebrate the people who give their time and expertise to help others.

North Lynn Discovery Centre’s Jimmy Yallop was among the people to receive an award.

David Andrews, who has been involved in scouting for 51 years, and Marion Honeyman, the district commissioner for Sandringham cubs, also received awards.

West Norfolk Village Games Co-ordinator Julie Austin, who helped to raise more than £50,000 to create a playground in Harpley, was honoured.

John Bailey received an award for his dedicated work in decorating Snettisham.

St John Ambulance members Katrina Barrow, Michael Bird and Sharon Woodrow were also honoured.

An award was also presented to Sue Bruce who has helped women who have survived childhood sexual abuse by founding the Stop Start group.

Cricket in West Rudham is thriving thanks to Nicholas Brunton.

Peter and Sylvia Frost have raised thousands of pounds over the last 30 years for various different charities.

Julie Grant has raised more than £60,000 over the last eight years by organising and running weekly bingos in Terrington St Clement.

Tracey Gotheridge received an award for making a difference by founding the Downham Stroke support group.

Anna Greyson, of Shernborne, has been a supporter of Hospital Radio Lynn for the last 20 years while William Hemmings helped to found the Heacham Community Car Scheme.

Pauline Holland, from Wereham, has given approximately 30 years of service to the King’s Lynn and District Guide Dogs Association.

Colin Houseman has transcribed the burial registers and memorial inscriptions at Hardwick Cemetery while Michael Miles was a founding member of the Lavender Hill Mob.

Trudie Needham has been volunteering as an independent custody visitor. Andrew Pascoe of Great Massingham has now driven for the Norfolk Hospice for almost 10 years while Peter Parker helped with fundraising at the site.

Awards also went to Tom Robson, first responder Steve Tibbs, Katherine Walters, Trevor Williamson and Roisin Wellard, a committee member for the Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts.