Mayor's Community Awards Winners 2020
Kingston Council has recognised outstanding individuals who have given up their time to help others in their communities.
Sixteen award winners were honoured by the Mayor, who thanked them for their supreme effort and achievement in the ceremony held at the Guildhall today, Friday 6 March, 12noon - 2pm.
Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Margaret Thompson, said: “It was an honour to present these awards that give recognition to these well deserving community minded people. We owe a great deal of gratitude to them. There are a huge number of community minded people in Kingston. The Mayor’s Community Awards acknowledges the achievements of these individuals and appreciates their contribution.”
The winners of the Mayor’s Community Awards 2020 are:
Bobby has been a valued and hardworking member of Kingston Inner Wheel Club for over 25 years. Since 2010 she has also been an Honorary Life Member of Kingston Rotary Club participating in, and organising projects, and providing support. She is a true community champion and deserves to be recognised for her untiring, selfless, caring and relentless voluntary work for the betterment of the community.
Dave has been volunteering at Staywell’s Raleigh Day Centre, a Charity in New Malden, for almost five years. Raleigh offers a warm and friendly social environment for people over 60. As well as offering computer lessons, Dave assists with a variety of tasks including welcoming members into the centre, delivering interesting group sessions and providing one-to-one support. Dave’s enthusiasm has been instrumental in encouraging members to enjoy the activities.
Helen Tysoe Greening
Helen has lived in Gibson Close, Chessington, for the past 18 years. These houses were originally built for RAF officers in the 1960s, before being abandoned, leaving a green space which rapidly became wild. Helen became intrigued by the history of the park, developing a strong community of dog walkers, who have become inspired to form the Friends of the RAF Park. Linking up with the Kingston RAF Cadets, the aim of the group is to bring together nature, biodiversity, history, and the revitalisation of country crafts into this green space.
Jackie White and Jeff Turner
Jackie is the Chair and Jeff is the Vice Chair of the Moving on Together (MOT) group, which is a team of dedicated volunteers who have experience of recovery from drug and alcohol issues. This team offers a fantastic peer support group for people attending local drug and alcohol treatment through Kingston Wellbeing Service. Jackie and Jeff’s work with the MOT plays a key role in supporting people to get their lives back on track, which in turn has a positive impact on the wider community.
It all started with simple crisp packet recycling when Janine had the vision to set up something much bigger and Sunray Recycle was born. In the last year, Janine has set up multiple community recycling points across the Sunray Estate and now further afield. Janine has also introduced the concept of building eco bricks with plastic packaging so that it can be recycled.
Lewis cares for his sister and has been involved with many Young Carers activities over the years. He now attends our Young Adult Carers support group which meets fortnightly to support carers in Kingston. Last year Lewis helped with a residential trip for 15 young carers, showing a lot of initiative, using his first aid qualification to mend minor injuries and stings, and entertaining the children with jokes and songs.
Mary has dedicated herself to helping and supporting those around her, particularly those in need, and is a constant source of support and guidance on the Alpha Estate in Surbiton. She understands the value of community and building relationships with her neighbours as well as encouraging cooperation amongst residents. Mary also helps organise the Alpha Estate children’s Christmas party and outings, enjoyed by 25 children and families.
Nicola set up the #2minutelitterpick in Hook about 18 months ago after becoming frustrated with seeing the amount of litter in the area and recognising that this could bring together the local community in caring for their area. The first day she had encouraged around 20 local residents (of all ages) to turn up, and each month she now has new and returning members who join her and her family. She has also inspired other litterpick groups in the area.
Rita has lived locally for many years and became known to the Kingston Carers’ Network several years ago when she was caring for her husband. After the death of her husband, she remained with the organisation as a volunteer. Rita understands the challenges carers can face and works tirelessly to support other carers. Rita comes to our wellbeing activities, supporting staff, making children feel welcome and ensuring the young carers have the opportunity for respite breaks. Rita also looks after the gardens of many neighbours, so they can enjoy beautiful reflective spaces and makes sure that those who are lonely or unwell receive regular nourishing and delicious meals.
Roger has been leading family friendly cycle rides for the past twenty years adopting a “no one left behind“ philosophy. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of back routes and quiet ways and undertakes a great deal of research before planning the rides. He encourages adults who haven’t ridden much since childhood to gain the confidence to join his free friendly social rides. He also leads the family feeder rides to the annual “Freecycle London” event guiding over a hundred family cyclists from Kingston Ancient Marketplace on quiet roads to Buckingham Palace.
Since the Oxygen charity shop opened in New Malden, Tracy has been one of their most dependable volunteers and together with her children she has made an invaluable contribution to the life of the shop. The Oxygen shop also has a large number of young people who volunteer and Tracy works with them and encourages them. Alongside the excellent contribution Tracy makes to the Oxygen shop she also volunteers at the toddler group at St John the Divine and has sold poppies for the Royal British Legion.
Nathan - a 17 year old student at Richard Challoner School - was praised by a member of the public after he came to her aid when she was randomly assaulted by a stranger. Nathan made sure she was okay and took charge of her three year old son who was with her at the time. He stayed with them both until the police and the woman’s husband arrived. The woman said: “I just hope my son turns out half as incredible as him. He is one amazing young man.”
Sarah Karis Clay
Sarah's passion to bring the joy of singing to others has been a motivating factor in her life, overcoming a life threatening condition and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sarah first came to Kingston after obtaining her music degree from Cambridge University. From the beginning she wanted to help others with her musical talents. After starting a choir in Kingsgate Church, Sarah then started reaching out with choirs to the wider community and soon after, the Sisterhood and Streetwise choirs were formed, aimed at reaching out to vulnerable people.
Eric, a lifelong resident of the borough, has been Scout Leader for 100s of young adults, run over 700 section meetings and arranged more than 50 camps. On top of running regular weekly meetings almost single-handedly, he organises group camps for children and their parents, and international camps to Switzerland. Eric is renowned for his inventive wide games, captivating stories and cooking competitions but most importantly, for instilling a sense of independence in young men and women.
Bozena - known locally in Norbiton simply as Bo - is a celebrity, not only in the eyes of her neighbours, but also to the many commuters using Norbiton station in the morning. A mother of two, she co-founded and managed the first computer shop in Kingston in the 1980s and ran a nursery in the 1990s. Today she fills her time by keeping Norbiton clean and tidy. Every weekday morning, Bo can be found walking the streets around her home on Gloucester Road collecting litter.