Hon­our is recog­ni­tion for all ser­vices’ un­sung he­roes

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON Coun­cil’s deputy leader has be­come the sec­ond youngest per­son to be made a CBE by HM The Queen.

Cllr David Sim­monds, who rep­re­sents Ick­en­ham ward, has been recog­nised for his ser­vices to chil­dren, fam­i­lies and lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

He said: “It’s been a huge priv­i­lege for me to be able to speak up for the lo­cal coun­cil­lors and the chil­dren’s so­cial work­ers who do such a fan­tas­tic job in the time that I’ve been work­ing in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment as­so­ci­a­tion.

“I think those peo­ple are of­ten the un­sung he­roes and in many ways I think get­ting an hon­our is an hon­our in it­self but also a great recog­ni­tion of the work in the whole of the sec­tor and keep­ing chil­dren safe.”

The Tory coun­cil­lor, who is 39, be­came the youngest coun­cil­lor when he joined in 1998 and is now the sec­ond youngest per­son to be made a CBE.

He said: “When I re­ceived the let­ter it was a sur­prise. This makes me the sec­ond youngest man to re­ceive a CBE, A DI­A­BETES Know Your Risk Road­show tested shop­pers at Tesco in West Dray­ton.

Of the 95 seen at the road­show last week, 44 were found to be at risk of Type 2 di­a­betes and were re­ferred to their doc­tor for fur­ther tests and sup­port.

Roz Rosen­blatt Di­a­betes UK Re­gional Man­ager in Lon­don, said: “New fig­ures re­leased on Mon­day show that 14,772 are al­ready di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion in this area.

“But by find­ing out their risk of get­ting Type 2 di­a­betes, some peo­ple have taken the first step to­wards do­ing some­thing about it. For many peo­ple, eat­ing more healthily and tak­ing more ex­er­cise can de­lay or stop them from get­ting Type 2 di­a­betes.”

If un­treated the con­di­tion can cause heart at­tacks or strokes. A di­eti­tian was at the road­show in to of­fer ad­vice. af­ter Mo Farah, and his ca­reer has gone from strength-to-strength and he’s looked at us­ing it to spread pos­i­tive mes­sages more widely.

“I’m very con­fi­dent with the way we work with res­i­dents in Hilling­don, we’ve been recog­nised and re­elected as coun­cil­lors and as an ad­min­is­tra­tion many many times and I think we just want to make sure that the pos­i­tive di­rec­tion of im­prov­ing chil­dren’s ser­vices in lo­cal gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to go that way.

“We’re get­ting bet­ter at in­ter­ven­ing early and that’s what I’m work­ing on and I want to make sure that con­tin­ues. That’s my next big chal­lenge.”

Cllr Sim­monds was be­hind the de­liv­ery of three new youth cen­tres in Hilling­don and be­came re­spon­si­ble for chil­dren’s so­cial ser­vices in 2000. He ad­di­tion­ally took on the role as cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion in 2006.

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