'Committed' Portsmouth community heroes receive civic awards for their work
SELFLESS community heroes have been recognised by the lord mayor as part of the city’s civic awards.
During a virtual full council meeting this week Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Rob Wood, announced the six recipients of the 2020 awards.
These had been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Unlike previous years where the awards were presented during a ceremony held at the Guildhall, the mayor will visit each recipient to present their award and certificate in person.
Cllr Wood said: ‘The recipients of the 2020 civic awards have each made an important contribution to Portsmouth. These awards are a way for the city to officially recognise their hard work and dedication over many years and for us to say a heartfelt thank you.
‘The recipients’ commitment to helping others and supporting different communities within the city is an inspiration. We were sadly unable to present the awards in the usual way last year but I look forward to presenting the 2020 awards to each recipient in person as soon as coronavirus restrictions allow.’
Among the recipients were Maria Cole, Reverend Canon Bob White and Brenda Tregarthen.
They were chosen in recognition of decades of voluntary work in the city.
Sandra Williams was picked for her work supporting women with breast cancer in Portsmouth.
Former Friends Without Borders chairman Michael Woolley was recognised for his work with immigration detainees, refugees and destitute asylum seekers.
The recipient of the youth civic award was Farlington resident Jack Ancell for taking an ‘active volunteering and fundraising role’ in his community particularly through his participation in the National Citizen Service.
The 18-year-old said: ‘I was very surprised when I found out that I had been nominated for the award.
‘It was really unexpected as I know there are a lot of young people who do good things in the city.
‘I am really proud to have won the award and pleased that I have been able to make a positive contribution to my community.’
It comes as residents have been encouraged to nominate those who have supported the local community through the pandemic for a Coronavirus Civic Award this year. Nominations for this close on February 12.
Mr Woolley was already presented with his award at the end of last year due to poor health.