Celebrating Good Neighbours
Published on Friday, 13th July 2018
Unsung community heroes have been celebrated with special awards at a Town Hall ceremony last night.
The Residents’ Partnership Good Neighbour Awards recognise the special contribution made by volunteers who work quietly in the background for the good of the community and whose acts of kindness make life better for others. Over 50 people attended the event where guests enjoyed cakes and refreshments before receiving their prizes from The Residents’ Partnership and sponsors, local housing specialist Lovell.
This year’s winners include a Bedworth tenant who gets up at 4am to help out in a homeless kitchen and a member of the Hawkesbury Village Residents’ Association who has been volunteering for over 10 years.
The winners of the awards, who were nominated by residents include:
Tenant of the year goes to Jess Miles, whose commitment to his beloved Bedworth community extends to getting up at 4am to help others.
The Unsung hero award goes to Jean Quarterman, whose kindness and support to her neighbour has made a huge difference to the quality of her life.
The Group of the year is awarded to Friends of the Nook, whose innovative, inclusive approach has engaged the whole community. Special recognition go Emma Brady and Bob Holland of the Housing Review Group.
Young tenant of the year is Christopher Worley, an active member of the Hawkesbury Village Residents’ Association, who has been volunteering for over 10 years and encourages others to get involved too.
The award for contribution to an independent living scheme goes to Sue and Steve Callaghan and the Poets Association, whose kindness towards residents has transformed the lives of many, especially those who are bereaved or in need of extra care. Special recognition certificates go to Charlie Wincote, Gill Payne, Jane Anthony, Karen Thompson
A special award was also given posthumously for a young lady who made a real difference to her neighbours at Tom Ellis Court in Bedworth. Cheryl Merry became an integral part of her community and her contribution and friendship is sadly missed. Cheryl’s mother Wendy Day accepted the award on behalf of her daughter.
Lynne Price of the Partnership said:
“Good neighbours often make all the difference to our quality of life and these awards give recognition to our community heroes here in the Borough.
“We have a wonderful community spirit here in Nuneaton and Bedworth with so many generous-hearted people – this is a fantastic celebration of our wonderful community!”
Cllr Barry Longden, portfolio holder for Housing and Communities said:
“The awards give us all the opportunity to celebrate the good work that is done on our estates and those people who make life better for everyone.
“It was a great honour to attend this event.”
Lovell regional refurbishment director Carl Yale said:
“As a company with a long-term involvement in the area through our housing refurbishment partnership with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, we’re very proud to support this event paying tribute to people who do an incredible amount to help others in their community.
"It was great to be involved and show how much their efforts are appreciated by everyone.”
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