Community stalwarts lauded

FELIXSTOWE: They are all stars!

People who have given up their own time to provide outstanding service to the community in a variety of ways have been rewarded for their voluntary service.

Fundraisers, a swimming teacher, a couple who carry out litter picks, and a Scout leader were among those receiving Mayor’s Awards at one of Felixstowe’s most important civic occasions of the year.

Mayor Angel Goodwin, who hosted the event at the Town Hall, said there was a huge amount of wonderful community work being done by people and organisations across Felixstowe and it was a thrill to be able to honour some of those taking part.

“We had some amazing nominations this year – as we do every year – and everyone deserved recognition, though we only have a certain number of awards to give,” she said.

“I am glad it was not my sole decision who won awards and that it was decided by a committee.

“People are wonderful in the way they give up their time to help others, to run organisations, and take part in the many activities in our community.”

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Mrs Goodwin presented the HMS Ganges Youth Trophy to joint winners Kiomi Ashby and Andrew Cracknell, and Mayor’s Awards to Maurice Barber, Pat and Glenn George, Mary Mathers, Christine McIntyre and Andrew Rayner.

Mrs Goodwin and her husband John also purchased a shield for a new annual award to recognise the work of an organisation and the first winner was Top Time with certificates of commendation to The Has Beens, Level2, and Felixstowe Lions.

She also presented cheques for �3,500 each to het chosen charities for her year – Felixstowe Alzheimers Support Group and Felixstowe Support Group for the St Elizabeth Hospice.