Volunteers presented with Mayor’s Community Awards
Fourteen unsung heroes who have devoted time and effort for the benefit of others have been recognised in this year’s prestigious Mayor's Community Awards.
The awards, in recognition of special contributions to the community, were presented by the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Penny Shelton, at two special ceremonies at Kingston Guildhall.
The Mayor said:
“It was an honour to meet so many volunteers who have given a huge amount of their time and effort for the good of the community and to help other people.
“They are role models who show what a terrific community spirit there is in this borough, highly regarded and recognised by the people of Kingston.”
The winners of the Mayor’s Community Awards 2014 are:
- Jenny Archer, athletics and football coach best known for her work with David Weir CBE with whom she established the Weir Archer Academy to give disabled people the opportunity to take part in sports
- Philip Crump for more than 40 years of fostering with his late wife Brenda, volunteering with Kingston’s Street Pastors and other community work
- Kiu Chung Choi of the Kingston Chinese Association for tireless work for the community including cooking meals for a luncheon club for the elderly for five years
- Nicola Duffey for work to improve local safety and security including the award-winning Meet and Greet initiative and Neighbourhood Watch Network
- Ian Harvey for years of hard work and commitment to Old Emanuel Lions Mini and Youth Rugby Football Club, boosting the numbers of coaches and children
- Reverend Eric Heather for more than 40 years’ service including producing the St Paul’s News parish magazine and his many other works for the community
- Pamela Humphreys for her work for Age Concern including running a podiatry service and helping at a Saturday Club for people living with dementia and their carers. Pam has also been involved with the Girl Guides for more than 40 years
- Robin Hutchinson for his contribution to cultural, charity and business life including as founder of the International Youth Arts Festival and his involvement in community events such as Ski Sunday and the Surbiton Food Festival
- Sarva Kumararajah of the Centre for Community Development for invaluable support for the Tamil community and her contribution to the health and wellbeing of people in Kingston
- Martin Maggs for 11 years of dedication as a New Malden Front Counter Met Police volunteer, and other work with church and youth organisations
- Ann Meadows for her work with Age Concern including her role with the Fountain Court lunch club, where she arranges weekly meals, quizzes and raffles and has cooked Christmas dinner for the past three years
- Ivan Moll for more than 30 years of outstanding service to Kingston Horticultural Society, contributing hugely to its membership and success
- Roger and Brian Phillips for 26 years of all-round dedication to Corinthian Casuals Football Club where their many contributions include marking out the pitch, operating turnstiles, selling match programmes, cleaning out the dressing rooms and feeding players and parents.