Runnymede: Access group for disabled hails heroes
THE Runnymede Access Liaison Group held its annual awards ceremony last week, honouring a number of people for their roles within the disability community. The awards were given out during an evening of celebration at the Hythe Centre in Egham last Monday. Group chairman Jonathan Fisher was accompanied by his guide dog, Eddie, as he handed out awards. Brian Relph received a special award for providing and improving access to disabled people, and Christopher Gilroy for achievement by a disabled person. Mr Fisher said: “The recipients of the various awards ranged in age from their early teens to later adulthood. “Brian Relph was a former treasurer of RALG for many years and latterly our assessment report writer. He was given one special award. “Brian was a Thorpe ward councillor for several terms besides becoming a trustee of the Association for the Improvement of Runnymede, (AIR). The second extra special award went to Christopher Gilroy.
“Unfortunately, recovery from major surgery will prevent him from receiving his award but Chris has been chairman of the Elmbridge and Runnymede Talking News for more than 20 years.
“Having lost his sight many years ago, Chris has been a long-standing guide dog owner.” Mr Gilroy is also known for his production of audio versions of various local newspapers, including the Surrey Herald. Other winners included Caroline Williams who started the successful petition to stop blue badge owners having to pay to park at Ashford and St
Jonathan Fisher with guide dog Eddie, Cllr Dolsie Clarke, Cllr
Margaret Harden, Dan Hefferland, Cllr Shannon SaiseMarshall, Vivien Horsley and vice chairman David Warner.