Awards for the Hailsham volunteers

Quarter-of-a-century: Dorothy Cottrell gets her certificate from Cllr Bentley SUS-141114-121241001
Quarter-of-a-century: Dorothy Cottrell gets her certificate from Cllr Bentley SUS-141114-121241001

Dedicated volunteers from Hailsham and surrounding areas were recognised for their contribution to the community at a special awards ceremony held at the Charles Hunt Centre on Tuesday.

The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley, presented the winners of this year’s Age Concern Volunteer Service Awards with their framed certificates.

In total there were six accolades, including prizes to individual volunteers in recognition of their long-term dedication and commitment to voluntary work for older residents in the town.

This year’s winners were: Christine Campbell-Dykes (five years voluntary service); Heather Brooks (10 years voluntary service); Chris Fox (10 years voluntary service); Graeme Eason (15 years voluntary service); Jo Williams (15 years voluntary service); and Dorothy Cottrell (25 years voluntary service).

Cllr Bentley said, “What a wonderful achievement for all concerned. I’m so proud of the volunteers and the work they do. They play an integral role in the running of the Age Concern centre.

“It was a privilege to meet so many volunteers who have given a considerable amount of their time and energy for the good of the community and to help other people and to present them with their awards.”

She added, “Each and every volunteer at Age Concern in Hailsham, whether they have served for five years or 25 years are role models who show what a terrific community spirit there is in this town, and are highly regarded and acknowledged by the people of Hailsham.”

Alan Faulkner, chairman of Age Concern Hailsham, Hellingly and Herstmonceux, said, “Congratulations to all our volunteers and those awarded today for their unstinting hard work and contribution to our centre.

“I would also like to thank the Mayor for once again supporting our club in presenting this year’s long service awards.”

The Charles Hunt Centre thrives with approximately 500 members and some 60 volunteers. The centre remains totally self-financing. New members are always very welcome. For further details, call Dave Snoxell on 01323 844398.