Salute the local heroes

Published on: 24 Mar 2017

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SUE Hiscox, founder of Downend Flyers, has been honoured by South Gloucestershire Council for her 25 years of work with the girls and ladies football club.

Sue, who still manages the club, was one of a number of previously unsung heroes who received Chair’s Awards from Councillor Erica Williams at a ceremony in March.

It’s estimated that more than 800 girls have benefited from her efforts since 1992.

Her citation said: “Sue dedicates her life so fully to supporting the local community; she has a positive influence on each and every person associated with the club. Sue dedicates huge amounts of time to running the club; attending meetings, managing paperwork and finances, organising training venues, booking referees, signing new players, sourcing managers and coaches, as well as supporting at matches. 

“She has remained steadfast in delivering exactly what she set out to do – providing girls in the local area with somewhere to meet friends, develop skills, keep fit and enjoy competitive sport.”

Another award winner was Ann Watts, who set up the Feeding Friends breastfeeding support group at Downend Clinic 14 years ago.

She spends every Monday morning supporting individual mothers and spends many hours outside the group providing support and information on breastfeeding Facebook groups and the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers helpline and webchat service. Ann even makes home visits to some women who need that extra level of support.

Alan Maggs, a councillor for more than 40 years, who played a key role in the development of Emersons Green, received an award too.

His citation said: “Alan is a very popular figure, who has quietly got on with the job in hand and has been described as ‘a tremendous servant of the area'.”

The awards, which recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution local unpaid volunteers make,  were presented at a ceremony at SGC College’s WISE Campus.

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