Bosley dis­as­ter helpers and ser­vice vol­un­teers hon­oured

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers who worked tire­lessly in the af­ter­math of the Bosley ex­plo­sion were among those hon­oured in awards by the High Sher­iff.

Brave fire crews who car­ried out a mas­sive search op­er­a­tion at the ex­plo­sion site and mem­bers of the vil­lage com­mu­nity Sylvia Jenk­in­son and Dorothy Gil­man were hon­oured in the awards, which recog­nise valu­able vol­un­tary ser­vice.

The ex­plo­sion at the wood mill on Tun­stall Road killed four mill work­ers and dev­as­tated the com­mu­nity.

The High Sher­iff of Cheshire, Bill Hol­royd, is ap­pointed by the Queen to rep­re­sent her in mat­ters re­lat­ing to law and or­der and spends time sup­port­ing vol­un­tary and statu­tory or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing courts, the po­lice and fire­fight­ers.

He gave awards to fire­fight­ers James Wil­mott from Mac­cles­field, Alex Waller, Steve Barnes, Mike Clark, and Tam Blair, for their work at Bosley and other lo­cal in­ci­dents, as well as Steve Buck­ley and his search and res­cue dog Bryn who have helped at dis­as­ter sites in­clud­ing the Nepal earth­quake.

Sylvia Jenk­in­son and Dorothy Gil­man were hon­oured for their work help­ing the Bosley com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing a mas­sive fundrais­ing cam­paign to help fam­i­lies.

Also hon­oured in the awards were Ann Wright, the CEO, and Bruce Tay­lor, chair­man of trus­tees, at the Just Drop-in cen­tre in Mac­cles­field.

Just Drop-In is a sup­port ser­vice for 12 to 25-year-olds of­fer­ing in­for­ma­tion or prac­ti­cal ad­vice on mat­ters such as em­ploy­ment, money or ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Mem­bers of the team at Cre8 youth group were also hon­oured. Pip Moss­crop, chair­man and trustee, Rachel Bradley and Bev Frost were hon­oured for their work at the char­ity on the Moss Rose es­tate to pro­vide projects and ac­tiv­i­ties for young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies.

The awards were given at a spe­cial re­cep­tion at the High Sher­iff’s res­i­dence in Ab­bots Moss Hall, Oak­mere in North­wich. Dur­ing the evening Mr Hol­royd spoke about each vol­un­teer and why they de­served recog­ni­tion, be­fore pre­sent­ing them with a framed cer­tifi­cate.

He said: “The pin­na­cle of my year as High Sher­iff was the plea­sure of ac­knowl­edg­ing in­di­vid­u­als and vol­un­tary groups by pre­sent­ing them with a High Sher­iff Award.

“Through­out the year I have the op­por­tu­nity to visit a wide va­ri­ety of char­i­ties which left an im­pres­sion on how those in­volved give their time for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers.”

‘[This is the] pin­na­cle of my year as High Sher­iff’

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