PRIDE AWARDS: Community Spirit Award

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Take a look at the five contenders for our Community Spirit Award...

*Frank Thompson and Les Budding

Frank and Les have been involved in the Boston Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee since its conception in 2005.

Since then, they have managed to get in place a total of 40 plaques commemorating those who gave their lives during the Second World War. They hope to have a further 10 in place by June this year. Many say their efforts at the garden on Wide Bargate have been one of the best improvements to Boston town centre in many years. The person who nominated the pair (who won last year) told The Standard: “This is a fantastic achievement by two dedicated persons.”

*Richard Austin

Many people in Boston know Richard for the work he does as a councillor for Boston borough. But away from this, the Wyberton man also does much for his community.

Along with his role at the borough, he also serves on Wyberton Parish Council, and has an active role in the village in other ways.

He puts in many hours working at Westgate Woods, taking school groups from around the area, and carrying out many other activities.

He is also a member at Wyberton Church, and has been known to spend many hours up on the roof, or digging holes in the rain to sort out water leaks, among other things.

*Jane Stanley

Jane is a familiar face around Donington, and has become something of a fixture at the church over the years.

For the past two decades she has worked tirelessly providing refreshments in the hall over the two weeks of the flower festival, when cakes, scones, sandwiches, hot and cold meals and drinks are served for the full 14 days.

As well as this, she is the driving force behind the monthly Sunday lunch.

These events often see more than 100 local residents turn up to soak up the community spirit and enjoy a good, nutritious three-course meal.

She has been nominated for her commitment to the community through these local projects.

*Mick Taylor

After years of never seeking recognition for his hard work and dedication to the community, Mick Taylor has been nominated for the community spirit award.

Mick has been described as ‘a big man with a big heart’ for his involvement in a whole host of community initiatives.

He is behind a great number of projects to get people back into work and retrain with a view to finding work in the local area.

He is behind a project to renovate the garden at Fenside Community Centre, and provides IT facilities for the locals.

Along with that, he also provides a place where local charities can meet up, including WAM and the Alzheimer’s Support Group.

*Michael Jessop

Mike has been described as a link between overseas visitors and local people for the work he does in the community.

He can often be seen out on the streets of Boston in the early hours of the weekend working as a street pastor, and he organises a homeless shelter for those who are out on the streets when the weather drops below zero degrees.

He helps with the combined churches soup kitchen and organises feeding the needy at Centenary Methodist Church on a Wednesday.

He also gives pastoral visits at local residential homes and goes to see patients in hospital.

The person who nominated him said: “His smile and thoughtfulness abound.”

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