A PAGHAM man has been hailed as a local hero.
Ron Halls received an award for his untiring efforts to help elderly people in the area.
Ron, 75, collected his Churchill Award in a ceremony at Pagham Village Hall.
He runs The Chestnut Club for retired people which meets every fortnight. He drives a community minibus to the sessions to ensure those who are disabled can get along.
His citation read: “Pagham would be a much poorer place without Ron and his wife who do so much for everyone in the community.
“He makes these afternoons great fun for everyone.
“He organises the entertainment, bringing in local entertainers. Sometimes they play bingo, other times they play Oy.
“Then there are musical events where they all join in for a sing song which is enjoyed for everyone.”
Ron also ensures plenty of variety with days out for cream teas at destinations such as the New Forest or Amberley Tea Rooms.
His wife, Judy, joins him as well in taking the club’s members on holiday twice a year.
Ron also finds time to arrange a monthly ramble for all those who want to go along.
The awards have been created by Churchill Retirement Living to show the significant role older people play in British society.
Ron was one of three local heroes chosen by Wave FM listeners.