Uckfield’s volunteers praised

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ALTHOUGH many of the achievements of people who volunteer their services to help their communities often go unsung, Uckfield’s volunteers have been singled out for praise at the town’s Volunteer Centre’s Community Awards presentation.

Seven people who had been nominated by groups, friends and neighbours received special awards for their exceptional contributions to mark the Centre’s 21 years’ service to the Uckfield community.

Each of the seven recipients was presented with a framed certificate giving full details of their nomination as well as a patio rose to stand as a lasting reminder of their hard work. These were presented by the Mayor of Uckfield, Councillor John Carvey, who thanked each person in turn.

A birthday cake was also made for the occasion, and shared by people at the community lunch after their meal.

The recipients were Dee Johnson, on behalf of Holy Cross Church; Rose Willcox for work with Uckfield’s Housebound Club; Norman Mayers, for his work on behalf of the Royal British Legion’s Uckfield Branch; June Leaman, for her work with Age Concern’s Uckfield branch; Alison Ledward, for her long standing work with the local branch of the National Childbirth Trust; Don Freeman, for his years of service as a driver for the Friends of the Beechgrove unit and Sheila Cooper, for her support of neighbours and friends in a wide variety of different ways.

A special presentation was also made to Sheila Charlesworth, who has been associated with the Centre since its inception in 1991, and who will be stepping down as Chair of Trustees at the Annual General Meeting in September.

More than sixty people were present at the Community Lunch held in Uckfield’s Luxford Centre and enjoyed a lunch which was organised by the Volunteer and Information centre.