Thanks for keeping residents safe

ST JOHN Ambulance helpers in Bognor Regis have received an award for serving the town for decades.

The volunteers were presented with the Mayor’s Good Citizen award at the annual civic reception.

Cllr Eileen Anderson made the presentation to recognise the hours of unpaid work which the members of the charity’s now disbanded adult unit put in to keep residents safe over many years.

Their work for the community led them to receive a certificate and the annually presented engraved cup.

Former unit leader Kate Dean said: “This was completely unexpected and a lovely surprise.”

Last Friday’s reception honoured many of the town’s charities and voluntary groups as Bognor Regis Town Council presented its grant aid funding to them.

The occasion at The Gordon Centre, in Canada Grove, was attended by about 100 guests. They included the new High Sheriff for West Sussex, Patrick Burgess OBE, from Oving. Guests were entertained by lively singing from the Art of Dance and Fitness Adult Choir, whose members included the town mayor.

She also presented cheques worth £68,429.97 to 26 organisations.