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 is now in its 19th year and 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:
- John Marsh from Canterbury. John has been heavily involved in the activities of the Canterbury branch of the Royal British Legion since 1959 and has served in most of its various committee roles, including two periods as Chairman. He became Branch Standard Bearer in 1984, a role he has fulfilled ever since. For almost 58 years, he has provided tremendous support, dedication and concern for others.
- Chris Fulcher from Whitstable. Chris is a member of the Kent Wildlife Trust Shoresearch team and has been volunteering along the coastline since 1984. He has contributed his considerable knowledge and enthusiasm to the recording of marine wildlife and has carried out many independent surveys. Chris is always happy to welcome, support and inspire newcomers to the Shoresearch team.
- Caroline Mumford from Whitstable. Caroline works tirelessly in the community. She set up a community café, the Umbrella Café, giving opportunities to young kids to work there. Profits are given to local charities. Caroline also co-ordinated a soup kitchen, and supports organisations to help severely disabled children. And all of this happens with a smile on her face.
The awards were presented by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Rosemary Doyle, during a meeting of the city council at the Guildhall on Thursday 19 October.
Cllr Doyle said: “We had nearly 70 nominations this year, which is testament to the extraordinary work carried out by the army of volunteers we are so fortunate to have in the district. It was very difficult to pick three out of the nominees as they were all so deserving. I was delighted to welcome the winners to the Guildhall, present their awards and say thank you for all their hard work in the community.”