Woodley's local heroes honoured with awardsBy Jon Nurse
May 03, 2012
Local heroes were celebrated in an emotional ceremony in Woodley last week.
Five people received Citizens Awards for service to the community, while special praise was reserved for Dr Jenny Miller who collected the Mayor’s Award for her work with Woodley Age Concern.
Town mayor Councillor Coling Lawley said: “It’s been an outstanding evening. We have such a wonderful community and we have seen that in the variety of winners tonight.”
The winners were nominated by Woodley residents and Dr Miller was selected by Cllr Lawley.
Dr Miller, now retired from practising medicine, has been the chairman of Woodley Age Concern since 2008.
Cllr Lawley, who has selected Age Concern as his chosen charity, said: “I’ve known about their work for over 20 years. I was aware of the plight that they’ve found themselves in with their funding going from being a successful organisation to having no money coming in almost overnight.”
Dr Miller led work on a successful lottery application and has nursed the charity through reorganisation.
She said: “It’s been an inspirational night and it’s a great honour to be recognised.”
Age Concern in Woodley has grown from being a luncheon club 25 years ago to a day centre with a specialist Dementia Unit.
Ann Parr NBE, Woodley Age Concern’s community care development manager, said: “Jenny really deserves this award. She has made such a difference here and not just as a doctor. She’s very hands-on.”
Dr Miller used her acceptance speech to encourage volunteers to come forward and help Age Concern.
Around 100 people packed into the hall at the Oakwood Centre in Headley Road on Tuesday, April 24.
Jackie Andrews was recognised on the night for 28 years service as a Guider with the 1st Woodley Green Brownies and Rose Darney was praised for her thoughtful and caring approach as chairman of the Woodley Retired Persons Club.
Eucharist ministers Don and Liz Cramp were celebrated for their work on a Romania Link that raises funds for a children's orphanage and Colin Gibson collected an award for helping raise £600,000 over 30 years through his work in the Lions Club of Earley and Woodley.
Tony Freeman was nominated by neighbour Eleanor Cowling for being a nice neighbour, having mowed her lawn, fixed a water leak, shovelled snow and called to check up on her if he thought that something was wrong.
In a touching tribute, his neighbour said: “He is always looking out for me. Just imagine what Woodley would be like if it was full of good neighbours like Tony.”