UNSUNG HEROES HONOURED
Once a year, worthy people in South Bucks are rewarded for the work they do in the community at the South Bucks District Council chairman’s awards. JACK ABELL found out who the winners were at this year’s event
UNSUNG heroes and their families were rewarded for their contribution to society at a council awards ceremony.
South Bucks volunteers went along to the district council chairman’s awards on April 23.
The annual ceremony recognises the outstanding contribution residents make to their communities and throughout the evening award winners were presented with crystal trophies and certificates in a variety of categories.
In the adult categories, the dedication award was won by Audrey Dunn, of Beaconsfield, for the time and energy she has put into the Girl Guide movement over more than 50 years.
Peter Cathcart, of Farnham Common, received the chairman’s special award in recognition of his work in the community after serving as a parish councillor for 24 years.
In the young people’s awards, Annabel Andrews, aged nine, of Beaconsfield, won the young carer award and the chairman’s special award after taking care of her younger brother, who was born with a debilitating condition.
The ceremony heard how Annabel has not once complained about the sacrifices she has had to make and that she always puts his needs before her own.
Winner of the young sports star accolade was Jessica Phillips, 11, who rides at the South Bucks Riding for the Disabled site, in Fulmer.
She suffers from cerebral palsy and has managed to overcome that obstacle, winning the 16 and under dressage at the Riding for the Disabled Championships last year.
Young volunteer was won by Claudia Hill, 18, of Iver, who has been an active member of South Bucks Riding for the Disabled for more than three years.
She was described as being someone who brings a smile to everyone’s face and whose enthusiasm is infectious.
The ceremony was attended by Superintendent Yvette Hitch, the new local policing area commander of Chiltern and South Bucks, who said: “It was a fantastic evening and I was able to meet many deserving people.”
CONGRATULATIONS: Andrew Strathdee, of Burnham, is presented with his South Bucks District Council chairman’s community champion award, by Superintendent Yvette Hitch, of Thames Valley Police