Tireless Leonie’s efforts recognised with award

Malcolm Toghill and Leonie Turner
Malcolm Toghill and Leonie Turner

TIRELESS volunteer has been nominated the June Resident of the Month.

Leonie Turner is the mother of a young adult with Down’s syndrome and her charity work helps other families cope with children and adults with learning disabilities.

For the past 11 years, she has been one of the founders and trustees of the JPK Sussex Project, which provides a supported living centre in Eastbourne.

Since 2001, with the assistance of her husband John, who has a small holding, Leonie has been producing homemade preserves which she sells to raise funds for JPK.

She is often found in her kitchen making marmalade, jams and chutneys to keep up with demand, and also sells her preserves at organised events. This raises more than £2,000 a year for the charity.

The Resident of the Month Award was introduced to recognise unsung heroes in the local community. It is jointly sponsored by Advanta Chartered Accountants and the Eastbourne Herald.

To recognise her dedication, Leonie was presented with a certificate by Malcolm Toghill, a director at Advanta.

As part of her reward, Leonie and a guest are looking forward to a complimentary meal at Ridgways restaurant in Meads.

To nominate someone who you think deserves recognition, email info@advanta-ca.com or call 411222.