Fylde coast neighbourhood heroes hailed

Brenda Giles receives her Fundraiser of the Year award from Blackpool Coastal Housing sponsored and presented by Martin Read of Read and Errington Ltd who sponsored that award.

Brenda Giles receives her Fundraiser of the Year award from Blackpool Coastal Housing sponsored and presented by Martin Read of Read and Errington Ltd who sponsored that award.

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Community minded people on the Fylde Coast were hailed at an awards ceremony at Blackpool’s Viva Show Bar.

Blackpool Coastal Housing presented volunteers with honours in their annual Community Involvement Awards.

The awards, hosted by entertainer, c.j.Tazz, recognise the contributions of a number of individuals and groups in developing and improving their local communities over the past 12 months.

All 75 guests were treated to an afternoon tea and entertainment from Revoe-Lution Community Choir who opened the event. Mereside’s Disco Diva dance troop and BCH’s own singing talent Lauran Boddy also performed.

John Donnellon, Chief Executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing said: “This event is a fantastic way to recognise our local community heroes. All the winners and nominees do a selfless job in bringing communities together, whether it’s organising social events, supporting people in their homes or raising money.”

Carol Thornber, chairman of Bostonway Residents Association and known by her neighbours as “their angel and first port of call” for advice, received the Number One Neighbour Award.

Brenda Giles scooped the Fundraiser of the Year award for her work with many locally based Fylde coast charities. Brenda is well known for her fundraising garden parties on Ibbison Court.

Ron Anderson, a member of the Anti-Social Behaviour Team, won this year’s BCH Staff Award for his work with residents suffering from ASB.

The recipient of the Green Achiever Award was Pauline Richmond. Pauline turned a communal flower bed near her home into a riot of colour for her neighbours to enjoy.

Molyneux Drive Friends and Neighbours received the Community Spirit Award for their fun weekly community events including coffee mornings, bingo sessions and coach trips to local markets.

The Care and Repair Handy Person Service took top prize for the work they do in helping residents with the Tenant Choice Contractor Award.

John Raine won the Tony Fitzgerald Award for his long standing and dedicated work for both his local community at Mereside and with BCH working alongside staff to develop and improve BCH’s housing services.

The special recognition award went to John Scholey for his dedication – he missed only one meeting with BCH in the past eight years – and input into improving services.

Ron Whitaker also received the special recognition award. He died last year, but like John, he had been one of BCH’s most active customers.