Unsung community heroes recognised at annual town awards
PUBLISHED: 16:49 14 March 2019 | UPDATED: 07:51 15 March 2019
Cromer has celebrated the efforts of a band of unsung heroes working for local good causes ranging from children’s groups, to hospital patients, at the town council’s annual honours awards.
At a presentation evening held at Cromer parish hall, framed certificates were handed out to seven groups and individuals making a difference to their community, with carnival stalwart Tony Shipp MBE and councillor and charity fundraiser Hilary Cox MBE presented with special commendations.
Cromer mayor David Pritchard said he took great pleasure in presenting the awards.
He added: “Although what they do isn’t always recognised, the people who are nominated are always very deserving, so this is a public way of acknowledging what they do for the community.”
Award winners, who were nominated by members of the public, were:
Simon Clipsom; who has raised more than £300,000 through his work as community champion at Morrisons supermarket, in Cromer Road. A keen church-goer, Mr Clipsom also drives a minibus for the Canaan Christian Centre, Sheringham, and has helped build carnival floats for Cromer Parish Church.
Alison Orsbourne: As churchwarden at Cromer Parish Church, Ms Orsborne has worked tirelessly to foster good relationships with the community and to promote opportunities for the church, the town and residents to work together.
Nigel and Valerie McCampling: The couple look after the gardens at North Lodge Park, with Mrs McCampling baking cakes for the park café.
Daphne Smith: As well as running a pop-up shop and knitting toys to raise cash for the Friends of Cromer Hospital, Mrs Smith is a former Meals on Wheels volunteer, ran activities for a group of young adults with learning disabilities and organised an annual golf tournament in aid of Mencap.
Jenna Bedwell: In spite of battling her own health problems, Mrs Bedwell has worked tirelessly as chairman of Cromer Town FC.
Tony and Peggy Webster: The couple supported the town’s lifeboats for more than 30 years before retiring earlier this year, with Mr Webster serving as chairman of Cromer RNLI and Mrs Webster spending many years as the chairman of Cromer Ladies Lifeboat Guild.
Janet Dickenson and her team at Cromer Hospital: As senior sister at the hospital’s dialysis unit, Ms Dickinson arranges trips out and weekend breaks for 50 kidney patients who would not otherwise be able to spend time away from home.