Vol­un­teers hon­oured

Run­nymede: Ac­cess group for dis­abled hails he­roes

Surrey Herald/News - - NEWS - By Natasha Sal­mon

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

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Jonathan Fisher with guide dog Ed­die, Cllr Dolsie Clarke, Cllr

Mar­garet Harden, Dan Hef­fer­land, Cllr Shan­non SaiseMar­shall, Vivien Hors­ley and vice chair­man David Warner.

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