Lion Derek McGarvie given top award

A LION has been given the highest honour his group can bestow.

Derek MacGarvie, of Newhaven Peacehaven and Seaford (NPS) Lions, was given the Melvin Jones Award to his great surprise.

He was chair of the NPS Lions service committee for a number of years and organised activities.

Derek said: “I am really embarrassed at receiving this award as I know of other Lions who have served the NPS Lions Club well for many more years than I have.

“However, I have been assured that there is no need to feel embarrassed about receiving this significant award because it is not only for what I have done through the NPS Lions Club but to recognise my work for the whole community over many years.”

Derek ran cub and scout troups based at Newlands School until his retirement from teaching there.

He organised camping weekends where able bodied scouts looked after handicapped young people.

He was secretary of his school for the blind’s old boys group, highly involved in community work, organised NPS Lions trips and other Lions projects, which included helping those in need and the disabled.