Winners of the Mayor’s Awards 2021
At the Town Meeting on 28th april the winners of the Mayor's Awards were announced.
Cllr Bishopp said: “Picking winners for these awards has been very difficult because there have been many organisations and businesses and individuals that have made a difference to the community during this last year, I would like to thank them all for their contribution”
MAYORS AWARD FOR NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR
Sarah Dennis – Burrell was the Neighbour of the Year winning candidate for her work with the 1st Hunstanton Guides and the 3rd Hunstanton Brownies. During last year Sarah kept in contact with her members enabling them to participate from home. She hand delivered items, ensuring that the children had the opportunity to gain badges whilst they were unable to meet. Sarah’s nominator stated: “Sarah is an excellent role model for young people and has been so caring to the children and their families throughout the covid pandemic”.
Sarah has also given endless time to working with VIDA Healthcare and the local surgery during the past year. She said: "I thoroughly enjoy being a Girl Guiding Leader; last year has been a very testing year and I thank the girls and their parents for their support. I feel very grateful and honoured."
MAYORS AWARD FOR BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
This award went to Kemps Greengrocers, The Mayor stated “I am delighted to present this to Kemps for their work during the last year. They rose to the challenge at a very uncertain time for businesses, and provided a service with a smile whilst also offering a delivery service using locally sourced produce to people in and around Hunstanton, for which I know many were very grateful”.
In a facebook post Kemps said: “A massive thank you to all who voted us as Business of the Year! We are very proud of the work we do and cannot thank you all enough for recognising the hard work we put in on a daily basis, the award is received with the greatest thanks to all our customers.”
MAYORS AWARD FOR CARERS OF THE YEAR
Carer of the Year award went to Nightingale Lodge in recognition of the care they have given their residents, especially during a difficult period. The team kept their residents safe whilst ensuring all families were kept informed on the welfare of their family member. Organising various events to uphold the resident’s spirits with entertainment and activities throughout, whilst also managing to remain Covid free. ‘A great achievement’ stated the Mayor.
Sam Bailey from the Black Swan Care Group said: “We are so incredibly proud of our staff at Nightingale Lodge. They have always provided Outstanding care within the home, and are being led by a wonderful, passionate and driven leader in Sandra.
“Her and her team consistently impress us with their determination to provide the highest quality care, and are always striving to improve their service at every opportunity.
“It is a testament to their amazing work that they have been named ‘Carers of the year’ and we couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of them for their amazing work throughout 2020-21, as always”.
MAYORS AWARD FOR ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR
The Mayor reported “I am very pleased to present the award for the organisation of the year to The Hunstanton Round Table 615 in recognition for their continued and valuable work last year in providing a face to face service delivering vital medicines and shopping to the elderly and vulnerable residents. I am certain that were many lonely and isolating people in the community who were more than grateful for the service they provided, and I would like to echo those words.
Matt Hallard said: “Thanks to the pandemic I've had the very unusual role of being Chairman of Hunstanton Round Table for two straight years. I was humbled to be invited to a virtual council meeting to receive an award of recognition for all the good work our table did for the community during lockdown. Over 800x prescriptions and food shops collected and delivered. Many of those deliveries turned into doorstep friendships for those that just needed a chat. So, so proud of our group. Some phenomenal guys that do so much for our community. Well done boys. Now we just need a trophy cabinet and a place to put it!”
Unfortunately there were no nominations for Young Carer of the Year. The Mayor commented “I am sure there must be many youths in Hunstanton that deserve recognition for giving a lot of their time to caring for loved ones, helping neighbours, friends and even those unknown to them, especially during the past year unfortunately no one has come forward to nominate them”.
PRESENTATION FOR MARIA RIX
In addition to the above awards, the Mayor made an announcement that he had decided to add another award to a lady known by many in Hunstanton. “I am delighted to award a certificate and this basket of fresh fruit to Maria Rix as a sign of Hunstanton Town Council’s appreciation for her support, assistance, hard work and for continuously donating flowers for any special occasion. At a drop of a hat, Maria produces the most spectacular display of flowers, the most recent one being the wreath for the sad passing of the Duke of Edinburgh”.