Prior to its meeting on 21st September, the Town Council awarded local people a Community Recognition Award.
Each year Town Councillors nominate local people who have made a significant contribution to the town and its residents. Following this process nine people were put forward for recognition by members of the Council.
The following community recognition certificates were presented:
To recognise Annette’s work as the Manager of the Morecambe Food Bank, over the last 5 years in an unpaid and voluntary capacity.
Annette was instrumental in setting up the Morecambe Bay Foodbank distributing an average of 3 tons of food each month and catering for 3,500 clients per annum, whilst at the same time striving to preserve the dignity of those who access this valuable service.
To recognise Elspeth’s work in relation to establishing the Wise Up Workshops at Poulton Memorial Hall.
Elspeth’s vision has resulted in a successful programme of drama and the creative arts being introduced to Morecambe’s residents with the aim of encouraging confidence and sociability. Many of the children attending the sessions have serious social, mental and physical disabilities. This provides a much needed service and resource within Morecambe.
David Lowe and Michael Moorhouse
To recognise David and Michael’s voluntary work related to Morecambe in Bloom including the construction and maintenance of raised flower beds on Morecambe Station and Victoria Street.
To recognise Martin’s generous support to Morecambe and its wider community, by voluntarily recording Morecambe Events, promoting individuals or charitable organisations thus helping to spread the word about Morecambe and its community.
Morecambe Bay Chemist
To recognise the work of all the staff at Morecambe Bay Chemist on Regent Road for the work undertaken throughout Morecambe and the surrounding area, in providing an efficient and caring service to all residents.
Penny Foulds and Diane Smith
To recognise the work of Penny and Diane in establishing and the organisation of the Dementia Hub at St. John’s Hospice.
The Hub has helped to bring the whole community together by inviting different organisations to be available for dementia patients and making it very simple to access all support and advice around dementia.
To recognise Sylvia’s work with the Polish Community and overseas charitable aid.
Sylvia’s work within the Polish community, includes offering translation, advocacy and practical support, including working with the local Police and counselling services.
Sylvia also operates a pop up charity shop and uses the proceeds to purchase food and clothing to take with her overseas to aid refugees in Syria, Turkey & Lebanon.
On behalf of the Town, the Chairman of Morecambe Town Council, Councillor Darren Clifford said;
“It is important that the Town Council continues to recognise the voluntary and community work that takes place within our town. This network of support plays an integral part in the well being of all residents. On behalf of the Town Council and residents of Morecambe thank you to all our Community Award recipients for all your hard work and dedication.”
The picture below shows all recipients with Town Councillors at the presentation ceremony held in the Mayor’s Parlour, Morecambe Town Hall on 21st September.