Freebridge honours tenants who make a difference to the community in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

People who make a difference in the community were honoured in Freebridge Community Housing's Tenant Awards.

King's Lynn Town Hall was packed tonight for the annual awards bash.

Freebridge chair Ray Johnson said: 'There's been a lot of talk about the Big Society but we know we've already got a lot of tenants who get involved with the communities they live in.'

Star Brock, from Ringstead, was named community champion. Mrs Brock launched a successful bid to turn a disused former chalk pit into a nature reserve and picnic area the whole village can enjoy, with the help of friends and neighbours.

Disabled angler Rob Bunting, from King's Lynn, who runs a club called Reels on Wheels, was presented with the inspiration to others award for his efforts in encouraging disabled people to take up and enjoy the sport.

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Tenant Jenny Twiddy, from West Winch, won the good neighbour award for the help and support she gives her neighbours, despite her own health problems.

Ashley and Leah Doak, aged 15 and 12 respectively, won the young inspiration to others award for the help they give their father to care for their mother, who has Huntingdon's disease.

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There were joint winners for the special employee achievement award - Andy Robertson, who works in Freebridge's IT department and Wayne Desborough, from property services.

West Norfolk Mayor Colin Sampson presented a special achievement award to the North Lynn Discovery Centre, in recognition of its work in providing activities and support for young people on its 10th anniversary.

Jimmy Yallop, who runs the Discovery Centre, was accompanied by more than 40 of the youngsters who use it as he came forward to accept the award.

After a drum solo from seven-year-old Ned Porter, guests were shown a video compiled by Discovery Centre users.

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