Borough’s top citizens honoured in annual awards

AWARD Patrick Stewart with The Princess Royal
AWARD Patrick Stewart with The Princess Royal
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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ACTS of bravery, long-standing fundraisers and people dedicated to their family and communities were the winners of this year’s Fareham’s Citizens of Honour awards.

The winners were presented with their awards by Princess Anne.

This year’s adult winners are Jenny Robinson and Suzanne Clifton.

Mrs Robinson has devoted more than 20 years to helping blind and partially sighted people, as part of several charity committees and social groups.

She is also a major fundraiser for the local branch of the RNLI.

Ms Clifton is a founding member of Broadlaw Community Space, which has helped revive community spirit in one of the borough’s most deprived areas.

It hosts a wide range of activities and services for all ages, including Christmas bazaars, summer fairs and outings for young people.

Patrick Stewart, 15, won the young citizen award.

Nominated by one of his teachers at Neville Lovett School, he has been working hard to represent young people as vice chairman of Fareham Youth Council and sitting on the local community safety partnership board.

He also helped his family in the aftermath of an accident which nearly killed his older brother Chris Stewart, and during his long recovery.

Lewis Gamblin, seven, scooped the award in the four to 11 category, for raising the alarm when his mother, Joanne, suffered an epileptic seizure. The youngster showed great initiative in making sure she got help.

Cllr Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: ‘As always, I’m overwhelmed by the kindness, generosity and selfless acts of others and would like to thank them on behalf of their communities for all they do.’