Three local people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to benefit others have received Lord Mayor’s Awards in recognition of all they do.
The annual award scheme, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, honours people who go the extra mile to help others. They are nominated by members of the public, and the final judging is made by a cross-party panel of city councillors.
This year’s winners and their citations in summary are:
- Geoffrey Grabham from Barham. Geoff is the heart and soul of Barham – a true stalwart. He has been the bowling green keeper for nearly 50 years, does the village paper round (which he set up) every day without fail, is an active bell ringer and previously helped his wife run the village Sunday School. Geoff is the ‘go to’ person in Barham and his infectious good humour never fails to bring a smile to the faces of those near him.
- Pat Heath from Ickham. For seven years, Pat has given two mornings a week to supporting children at Wickhambreaux School who need a boost with their reading skills. She has also gone into school for a whole week, every six week term, in each of those years, to test all key stage 1 children’s reading levels. And Pat has constantly been involved in fundraising activities for the school throughout this time. The school and its pupils would be absolutely lost without her.
- David Ralfe from Whitstable. David took on the role of Event Director at Whitstable parkrun two years ago and has done an excellent job. His decisions on the day-to-day background administration have made it quicker and easier for volunteers. He is friendly, welcoming and well-respected, and has brought humour to the event. David actively takes part in social events associated with parkrun and is also a Run Director at Whitstable juniors every Sunday morning. He is a true volunteer and deserves this award.
The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Cllr Colin Spooner, said: “The quality of the nominations this year was so high and it was a very difficult decision for the judging panel. This just reflects what an exceptional volunteering community we have in the Canterbury district.
“It was an honour to present the awards at the Guildhall and I thank all three winners for everything they do for local people.”
The awards were presented during the Full Council meeting on Thursday 18 October.