Duo honoured for ‘great contributions’ to town
PUBLISHED: 16:51 13 August 2020 | UPDATED: 16:51 13 August 2020
People who have given “outstanding service” to a coastal town have been honoured with a special award.
With the motto of Rotary being ‘Service above Self’, each year Lowestoft Rotary Club recognises services to the Lowestoft community by individuals or groups who are not Rotarians, but who have given outstanding service.
Recent winners have included the Crew of the Lowestoft Lifeboat and local photographer Julian Claxton.
This year the award goes to Julie Robbins and Brian Hall, who are senior members of the Lowestoft branch of St John Ambulance.
Mr Hall has been in St John Ambulance for 53 years, being awarded his long service medal in 1982. He became an Officer of the Order of St John in 2019. Julie joined St John Ambulance when her son was a cadet and stayed on when he moved on. She received her long service medal in 2016.
They have for many years carried out first aider duties at local events, and also trained cadets.
They are both SJA Ambassadors carrying out talks for local community groups.
Rotary has benefitted significantly from their work in organising and presenting the First Aid scenario at Crucial Crew for more than a dozen years, helping young people become proficient in first aid.
In addition to their St John work they are also heavily involved with the Lowestoft Signing Choir.
They became involved with the Lowestoft Signing Choir in 2003, supporting, signing and organising.
Julie became Chair of Trustees and Brian the vice chairman of Trustees in 2016.
They are very proud to be part of the choir and encourage others to become involved.
Rotary President Jim Eagling said: “Congratulations to Julie and Brian for decades of service in the community in Lowestoft and thank you for the time you have spent helping and supporting people and organisations.
“Congratulations indeed to you both for all you have done for the community.
“You are very worthy winners of the Lowestoft Rotary Award 2020.”
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