Club leader Fiona’s ‘a gem’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PRIDE OF BUCKS 2015 - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­

Cul­tural Con­tri­bu­tion spon­sored by Stoke Park – Some­body who has en­riched the cul­tural life of Bucks, they may have set up or run an arts group, or­gan­ised an event, or man­aged a vi­brant venue.

Child of Courage spon­sored by Roberts Newby – The area’s bravest young­ster. There are many times when young­sters’ courage shines through. Some be­come heroic life­savers, oth­ers demon­strate courage through bat­tling ill­ness or other dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances. We want to hear about th­ese amaz­ing un­der 16-year-olds

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Young Carer of the Year spon­sored by Bea­cons­field Freema­sons – Recog­nis­ing

Em­ployee of the Year spon­sored by BP Collins – An em­ployee who goes the ex­tra mile for their firm or for their cus­tomer.

Ou­s­tand­ing Achieve­ment spon­sored by Cirkle PR – a spe­cial judges’ award to a some­one who has made a huge con­tri­bu­tion to Bucks. MORE than a dozen peo­ple have nom­i­nated an ‘ab­so­lute gem’ for her role in a ‘life­line’ club for a Pride of Bucks award.

Fiona Goodall, the or­gan­iser of the club Ca­ma­raderie, where peo­ple can go and en­joy so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties ev­ery Wed­nes­day in Amer­sham, has been nom­i­nated in the com­mu­nity cham­pion cat­e­gory of the award.

Mrs Goodall said: “The club is go­ing from strength to strength. It is not just what I do – with­out all of the other vol­un­teers I could not do it.”

The 61-year-old started the club af­ter The Red Cross Cen­tre closed down in 2012.

Ca­ma­raderie vol­un­teer Pamela Devlin said: “The club takes tire­less or­gan­i­sa­tion, en­thu­si­asm and vi­sion. Fiona is a cheer­ful bun­dle of en­ergy and has mo­bil­ity prob­lems of her own, but this does not stop her ded­i­cat­ing many hours each week to en­sure a suc­cess­ful club for the mem­bers.

“Ca­ma­raderie would not ex­ist with­out Fiona Goodall – she is an ab­so­lute gem.”

Vol­un­teer Wendy Henry said: “I can­not speak highly enough of Fiona’s work with the el­derly. Her de­ter­mi­na­tion in keep­ing her orig­i­nal clients to­gether and open­ing up her own day cen­tre Ca­ma­raderie, while gath­er­ing many new and grate­ful clients, is proof of her ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­pa­bil­i­ties and to­tal ded­i­ca­tion. She in­spires us all.”

Mrs Goodall’s work to keep the club go­ing in­cludes or­gan­is­ing the food, bud­get­ing, pa­per­work, hy­giene and trans­port for trips.

Anne King, whose mother at­tends the club, said: “Ca­ma­raderie is the high­light of mum’s week and is made pos­si­ble by the won­der­ful work of Fiona and her team of amaz­ing helpers.”

Keith North said: “My wife with de­men­tia en­joys the club so much, it al­lows one of the few op­por­tu­ni­ties I have for a cou­ple of hours break from be­ing a carer.”

Jo Mcavay said: “My mum Kathy moved to Amer­sham in 2014 to re­cu­per­ate af­ter an ill­ness. She had no friends in the area, her mo­bil­ity is limited and through her GP’s rec­om­men­da­tions she joined Ca­ma­raderie. Fiona wel­comed Kathy into this club and it has since been a life­line to Kathy, as it is for many of the other at­ten­dees who rarely get out to so­cial events oth­er­wise.”

Photo by Katie Lamb www.buyapho­ BE152794

NOM­I­NATED: Fiona Goodall

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