Residents honoured for community dedication
THE town’s most dedicated Maxonians have been honoured for their contribution to the community.
Thirteen residents have been awarded Civic Awards by the Mayor of Macclesfield to celebrate their dedication to helping others and making a difference.
The recipients include Louise Williamson and Theresa Hayden, who both work tirelessly to support struggling families and individuals in the town.
Louisa founded and runs Treehouse, which provides free hot meals, drinks and company to the homeless, and Theresa co-ordinates the Food Bank based at SilkLife Church which provides emergency food support to local people and families who would otherwise go hungry.
Richard Nelson and Ben Beer, who rescued the Macclesfield Juniors Football Club from threat of closure were also recognised, alongside Kevin Bradbury, who has for many years run Macclesfield Boys Boxing Club, where he has helped hundreds of youngsters develop self-esteem and discipline.
Also on the list are Ruth Eglin, Natalie Nuttall, Sue Brereton and Nicola John, who formed the Smile Group, a post-natal depression group that has helped hundreds of women with the debilitating condition of post-natal depression.
Mary Riva and Bernice Jones, who have given weekly reading support to children at Hurdsfield Primary School for many years were also honoured, as was Cathy King who volunteers at Hurdsfield Community Library where she runs the service each Saturday and assists people with practical support.
And John Hartshorn who founded Artspace and manages ongoing voluntary services for the project was also recognised.
Coun Liz Durham, town mayor, said: “I am so pleased to meet those people who add value to the town by donating their time and expertise to provide services that would otherwise not be available.
“Each of the winners is worthy of this recognition and deserves such commendation.
“Thank you to each and every one of them for their continued and dedicated hard work.”
The winners, who were all nominated by members of the public, were presented with their awards at a ceremony at Macclesfield Town Hall.
●» The award winners with mayor Liz Durham