Last week’s High Sheriff of Suffolk’s Awards Ceremony saw both a volunteer doctor and a residents’ association from West Suffolk recognised for their great contribution.
Dr Andy Mason, from Norton, said he felt ‘humbled’ to have been the inaugural winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was newly created by the High Sheriff for 2014.
As the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service charity’s longest serving volunteer, he, over a 40-year period, has provided immediate care at nearly 2,000 medical emergencies around the region.
Dr Mason, who is due to retire in November, said: “I will be very sad to retire from SARS later this year but it’s very pleasing to see a charity so close to my heart beginning to get the support and recognition I feel it deserves.”
Bury St Edmunds’ Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants (HEART) came runner up in the Suffolk Community Partnership of the Year Award.
HEART chairman Ernie Broom, who was presented with a commended certificate, said: “It was a fantastic event. I was impressed by the way it was presented and the wonderful things that people do. It really was a great honour that we were there.”