Heacham campaigner Tracey Swann amongst many awarded for their voluntary community efforts

Tracey Swann, campaigning to save Heacham Fire Station outside County Hall in Norwich. Photo : Steve

Tracey Swann, campaigning to save Heacham Fire Station outside County Hall in Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Volunteers in West Norfolk were celebrated for their selfless efforts at the Mayor's Civic Awards for Voluntary Service 2016.

The awards recognises the achievements of volunteers from the borough who give their time and efforts for the good of others or raise money for charity.

The late Tracey Swann was awarded a certificate for her relentless efforts to save Heacham Fire Station last year.

She was commended for her active role in committees, for both the young and the elderly in the community, after becoming a parish councillor in 2007.

Ms Swann tragically died September last year after a fire tore through her home on Caley Street, Heacham.

To accept the award in her honour were her son Tanner, brother Carl and mother Margaret.

Margaret Swann said: 'I am very proud of her, she was the sort of person where if a job needed doing she did it.

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'Everything she's done for the area, helping youngsters and old people, this award comes from the people she knew and worked with. It was really lovely.'

She said 17-year-old Tanner was thinking of becoming a firefighter, adding: 'He has friends in the fire service, I think he feels indebted to them for what they do.'

Carl Swann said: 'She was the underdog of the community, it is a shame that she wasn't there to receive the award herself.'

The winners were awarded with certificates at the annual award ceremony in Town Hall on Wednesday, March 29.

Mayor David Whitby said: 'This evening has been one of the highlights of my year in office. I feel honoured to have met so many amazing people who have done so much in our community for little or no reward.

'I am humbled by the way they quietly go about making such a huge difference in people's lives. I hope this event has in some small way provided the recognition that they so richly deserve.'

Other volunteers to win an award on the night included Gavin English, who raised £25,000 for Queen Elizabeth Hospital; Anne Holt, who organised two charity horse rides every year on the Sandringham Estate for 14 years and raised over £64,000 for various local charities and organisations; and Dorothy Willingham, who has been volunteering for animal charity shop RSPCA in King's Lynn for 20 years.

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