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

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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

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