Freebridge Awards honour those who make West Norfolk a better place

Winners at the Freebridge awards. Picture: Paul Tibbs Winners at the Freebridge awards. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Sunday, April 27, 2014
1:29 PM

Community champions and staff who go the extra mile were thanked at a special awards evening.

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Freebridge Community Housing hosted the event at the Providence Street Community Centre, in King’s Lynn.

Chief executive Tony Hall said the evening was intended to thank those who made West Norfolk a better place.

Danielle Makrickaite won the Community Champion award. Freebridge chairman Ray Johnson said Miss Makrickaite did volunteer work with the Purfleet Trust, to help those less fortunate than herself and helped carry out a survey among her neighbours on Hillington Square.

“If every tenant on the square has as much care and enthusiasm for their community, I have no dodubt it will become a great place to live,” he said.

Mr Hall presented the Community Group award to Phobbies, a group based at Providence Street which provides activities ranging from keep fit to woodwork for people with physical or sensory disabilities.

Shirley Evans was named winner of the Good Neighbour award, for supporting a friend who was made homeless after a flood.

Freebridge tenant John Todd won the Inspiration to Others award. Mr Todd has overcome learning difficulties to help the Bridge for Heroes charity for ex-service personnel establish an education centre in Lynn.

Kimberley Ely won the Role Model award for the difference she makes in South Lynn, where she organises events, adult education classes and parties for residents.

West Norfolk Mayor Elizabeth Watson, who presented Miss Ely with her award, said she made everyone fell valued, adding: “She loves her job and always goes above and beyond, and always with a smile.”

Tradesman Colin Hipkin won the Employee Achievement award for being an ambassador for Freebridge and mentoring others.

Mr Hall said: “If I have a difficult situation which needs resolving, Colin is the first person I look towards.”

Springwood High School’s Big Band performed after the presentations, in the sports hall of the community centre. Freebridge stepped in to save the former youth centre, after the building was declared surplus to requirements by the county council.

The housing association has re-decorated the centre, next to Hillington Square, which is also being redeveloped.

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