Unsung heroes receive awards

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MODEST and humble volunteers and friendly neighbours were honoured at a special awards ceremony held last week.

Thirty community champions received certificates and heartfelt thanks at the eighth Mid Suffolk Community Achievement awards last Thursday.

The ceremony, organised by Mid Suffolk District Council and the Rotary Club of Stowmarket Gipping Valley, was held at The Cedars Hotel, in Stowmarket.

Cllr Derek Osborne, chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council, presented the awards alongside Tony Pickering, president of the Rotary Club.

Cllr Osborne said: “These awards give us the opportunity to say thank you to someone in the local community who deserves recognition and praise for their efforts.

“Their vital contribution is an example to us all. Without their selfless dedication, our quality of life would be much diminished.”

A large audience gathered at the ceremony to see the winners accept their awards and to give a well-deserved round of applause.

Winners were nominated by members of the public for their dedication to voluntary work, charity fund-raising and community projects – or for simply being a helpful and caring neighbour.

Terry Styles, from Mendlesham, was commended for his tireless community work, commitment to the parish council and efforts to improve village facilities.

He said: “Communities need to be kept alive and they need people to make sure that they don’t die.”

June Scott, from Stoke Ash, remained humble as she accepted her award.

“I was quite surprised to be nominated. I don’t think I really do anything special.

“I just try to a good neighbour and to look after the elderly in the village,” she said.

Alan Rudd, from Stowmarket, echoed her words as he received his award: “I just do what I do, I always try to make sure that everyone is alright.”