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Lincolnshire Good Citizens Awards 2014

The winners of this year’s Good Citizens Awards have now been presented with their awards.

Good Citizens Awards 2014 - winners announced

Winners of the Good Citizens Awards 2014

Left to right, Pete Beach, members of Dementia Support South Lincs, Bethany Smith, and Marion and Bill Goodhand

The winners of this year’s Good Citizens Awards have now been presented with their awards at the Lincolnshire Show. The awards were created to recognise the extraordinary work that so many volunteers do throughout Lincolnshire. All winners were treated to a VIP day at the Lincolnshire Show, with a guest, as well as a cash prize and framed certificate.

The Citizen of the Year award went to to Pete Beach. Pete has been a champion fundraiser for many years, who puts others before himself and has raised thousands of pounds for good causes. Pete has established many fundraising events in his home village of Ruskington, which benefit a range of charities. Since 2008 he has organised an annual St George’s Day dinner, which so far has raised £6,000 for organisations including Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion and St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice.

He is also behind the village’s annual sponsored bike rides which have raised £8,000 for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Heart Foundation. Pete is well known locally as editor of the Ruskington Village Crier, a humorous newsletter which promotes charitable events.

The Young Citizen award this year goes to Bethany Smith. Bethany was nominated by her teacher Amanda Johnson, who described Bethany as ‘A very caring person with a heart of gold,’ who does’ amazing things for her local community’. As well as attending sixth form at Spalding Grammar School, Bethany gives up an impressive amount of her free time to help others.

Every Wednesday afternoon she helps the reception class at Donington Cowley Endowed Primary School with lessons and other activities.
Since 2010 she has volunteered as a young music leader at Scarlet Community Music Group, providing children in rural areas with arts and music opportunities, including sessions in dance, acting and sign language. Bethany has also helped run workshops for children in care and their foster families. She is also a successful fundraiser, including being the charity co-ordinator for her school house team.

Winner of the Community Group award is Dementia Support South Lincs. This excellent group is helping to tackle the loneliness that dementia can cause, both by those living with the condition and with their loved ones. Set up in 2011, Dementia Support South Lincs now supports around 225 families in communities around Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings. They run a range of help, advice and social events including coffee mornings and art sessions, all are paid for by the group’s tireless fundraising.

They are helping to make a feeling of isolation a thing of the past, by bringing people together, and giving each other much needed support during difficult times.

The winners of our new category, of Couple or Pair, are Bill and Marion Goodhand, who have been at the centre of village life in Welbourn for almost half a century. Both are staunch supporters of St Chad’s Church, and members of the choir, while Bill has also served as churchwarden.
A parish history buff, Bill regularly opens and runs the blacksmith’s shop, a local heritage attraction, and was behind a parish council scheme to buy the scheduled ancient monument of Castle Hill.

He was also involved with the creation of the village trail and the re-organisation of the Parish Field Path Network. Bill’s wife Marion is a founder member of the Welbourn Playgroup, and editor for many years of the Two Villages parish magazine, which also covers Leadenham. In addition, Marion was involved in the hospital car scheme, is a long standing member of the village hall committee, and promotes local productions through Lincolnshire Rural and Community Touring.

Congratulations to all our worthy winners!

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