I really enjoyed Fareham's annual Mayor Making ceremony yesterday, celebrating Cllr Connie Hockley's fantastic year of raising over £30,000 for Y Services and Breast Cancer Haven.
As one of her last duties, Mayor Hockley awarded the Citizens of Honour prizes to local people. The awards are run every year to honour and recognise residents who have made a difference to the lives of local people. Young citizens (under 18) are nominated for showing outstanding bravery, regularly helping others at school/college, giving unpaid voluntary services, or simply for having done something amazing which deserves recognition. Adult citizens are nominated for, among other things, providing regular voluntary service to benefit the community, giving up their time to help look after the local environment, and caring for an individual with a debilitating condition or long-term illness.
This year it included:
- Amber Warrington who has cared for her mother through illness;
- Lucy Fairhall who raised money for Cancer Research after her friend's mum sadly passed away;
- Olivia Lawrence who raised money for Project at Enable Ability;
- Kerry Snuggs, a serving police officer who helps vulnerable people in our local community and set up the Facebook page Acts of Kindness;
- Matthew Swann, who is partially sighted and set up and runs Fareham Musical Society's Youth Theatre;
- Betty Wright, a long- standing volunteer and fundraiser for local chairities, now entering her 90th year! And
- Gwen Adlam, who has volunteered for the Citizens Advice Bureau for over 27years.
Well done to all our Citizens of Honour who make Fareham proud!
Looking forward to our new Mayor, Geoff Fazackerley's, new term as Mayor too.