Charity recognises inspirational West Suffolk people

Tom Murray
Tom Murray

Age UK Suffolk named two stalwarts of West Suffolk communities as runners-up in its ‘inspiring age’ award ceremony yesterday.

Val Mann was recognised for 20 years of community work including having helped found and run the Wickham Market and District Community clubs, two well attended self-help groups for lonely or depressed people.

Bury St Edmunds town councillor Tom Murray, who is also a member of the Older Person’s Committee, was recognised for raising more than £1.3 million for local, national and international charities.

The pair were two of four runner-ups.

The award - won by the Bentley Community Pub Collective - was launched to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons on October 1. Age Uk Suffolk asked members of the public to nominate an older person they thought deserved recognition and could inspire others, and was ‘thrilled’ to receive so many diverse and inspiring nominations.