Drayton & Taverham

Drayton and Taverham residents scoop awards

Just Regional
Oct 16, 2015 2 mins read

Three people from our area were recognised at the first ever Broadland Community at Heart Awards run by Broadland District Council. The awards were presented at a ceremony at The Space in Sprowston on October 14, attended by more than 130 guests and featuring Broadland Youth Choir.

Winners were chosen for 10 categories from people nominated by members of the public. They were presented with a trophy, a hamper of local products and vouchers of their choice.

Opening the ceremony was council chairman, Ken Leggett. He said: “I hope all of you will feel proud of your achievements. Whether you have been nominated for helping those less fortunate than yourselves, for reaching an ambitious goal, or for improving the environment for all of us in the future, what you have done will inspire others. Thank you for the contribution all of you have made to our Broadland communities.”

Young Person of the Year went to James Morrison of Drayton, who was also highly commended in the Personal Courage category.

James suffers daily from a wide range of challenging medical conditions. Despite being in severe pain every day and coping with mobility difficulties, he never complains and regularly helps his sister and friends with their homework.

According to his nominee: “He is an amazing, caring boy who will do anything to help anyone.”
Jo Swannell is Volunteer of the Year. At 70, she has been a volunteer based at Taverham police station for nearly 10 years.

Described as “a remarkable lady”, she has regularly opened the station up to members of the public, attended public events and conducted a number of crime prevention surveys following burglaries, providing help and reassurance to victims of crime.

Carer of the Year was David Gibbs of Taverham. David cares for his wife who has been bedbound with ME, dealing with personal care as well as cooking and all the routine household chores. He works full time and uses most of his time off to take her to medical appointments.

He was unable to attend the event because of his responsibilities and his award will be presented to him by council chairman, Ken Leggett, at his home.

James Morrison with Rob Chandler and Andrew Proctor

James Morrison with Rob Chandler and Andrew Proctor

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