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Sedgemoor's unsung heroes celebrated with award
THREE of Sedgemoor’s ‘unsung heroes’ have been honoured for their work in their communities.
Somerset County Council chairman, David Fothergill, praised Dorothy Anderson and Neil and Eileen Corkish in a special awards ceremony.
Across the county, 50 people were nominated by their local County Councillor or Parish Council for a ‘Chairman’s Award for service to the community’.
Dorothy (Dot), was described as a “cheerful and committed volunteer” and recognised for her work in Berrow and Burnham.
Dot, who has given over 40 years of public service within the community, is well known to many people across a wide age range, having been a local midwife for some 35 years.
She supports a number of clubs and charities and has previously completed a charity parachute jump in Australia.
Dot has been a member for over 15 years of the Moose International Ladies, a committed supporter of the Air Ambulance and the Children’s Hospice Southwest. She is an enthusiastic member of the fund raising team of the Berrow Community Association which supports Berrow Village Hall.
She was said to be “always amongst the first to arrive at events and the last to leave.”
Mark residents Neil and Eileen Corkish also received an award, which was collected by their son and daughter Martin and Faye.
Eileen has been on Mark Parish Council since 1998 and was chair for 13 years. Always available to give quick and accurate advice on planning and other legislated issues, she strived to keep delays to a minimum and within budget.
Neil has been associated with Mark Community Association as both chairman and treasurer. His business acumen and commitment has seen Mark Village Hall develop into a vibrant and energetic facility that caters for all ages, most recently with the establishment of the Multi Use Games Area.
Cllr Fothergill said: “It was a huge honour to personally thank all the award winners for their services to their community. Often, they are the kind of people who don’t enjoy the limelight, but I think it’s important they are publicly thanked for the significant role they play in improving the lives of others in their community.”