Thornbury volunteers thanked for their work

March 26 2018
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THREE people from Thornbury were among nearly 30 unsung heroes recognised for their contribution as volunteers to South Gloucestershire’s communities.

THREE people from Thornbury were among nearly 30 unsung heroes recognised for their contribution as volunteers to South Gloucestershire’s communities.

The community awards are presented each year by South Gloucestershire Council’s chairman or woman at a ceremony attended by the winners and their families.

Thornbury’s VIPs included Kim Walsh-Young, who was honoured for her work with young people.

Kim is a leader of the 4th Thornbury Brownies group, a role she has filled for many years as well as more recently taking on the role of division commissioner.

She was nominated for her enthusiasm and support in encouraging girls to have a good time and to grow as young women.

Martin Summers, who has volunteered as a Duke of Edinburgh leader for the Thornbury Open Award Centre for 21 years, was also recognised.

He gives his time to train young people for the expedition section of their Duke of Edinburgh's Award, as well as running training, practice and assessed expeditions.

Martin’s long association with the centre has helped many young people achieve their awards.

Also thanked for her work was Tor Goodman, who founded JIGSAW Thornbury in 2013 to help parents of children with additional needs get support. 

Tor trained as a paediatric nurse and is the mother of two young children, both born prematurely and both with complex additional needs of no specific diagnosis.

One parent of a child who uses the service said JIGSAW had been invaluable in pointing her family to appropriate services and getting social support. 

The awards were presented to recipients at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s WISE Campus by the council’s current chairman, Ian Blair.

Also present were the lord L]lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, and vice-lord lieutenant, Robert Bernays.

Councillor Blair said: “These awards are a great way to say thank you to some of the many volunteers who make South Gloucestershire such a great place to live and work.

“While reading through and shortlisting the nominations, it was obvious that those put forward for an award are held in high esteem in their local communities.

“The positive impact which their commitment and hard work has on others is extremely uplifting and encouraging.”