Honouring civic heroes

11 Oct 2021 03:51
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DIGNITARIES from across the area attended Adlington's Civic Sunday service and the presentation of awards to those who have made a difference to the town and its community.

Town mayor Kevin O'Donnell hosted the event at St Paul's church and club. Civic Sunday is a tradition going back many years and is usually held in June.

The church service was conducted by visiting vicar Fr David Sutton and was accompanied by the Rivington and Adlington Brass Band.

Visiting dignitaries included councillors from Blackrod, Horwich, Heath Charnock, and Anderton. Deputy mayor of Horwich Steven Chadwick, deputy mayoress of Horwich Kath Hodson, deputy mayor of Blackrod Cllr Susan Baines and the deputy mayor of Blackrod’s consort Cllr Michael Baines also attended.

The council's civic awards for 2020 and 2021 were presented in the club after the church service.

These are awarded to people who have been nominated for something they have done, in or for the community.

Among the winners were Alison Evans, former mayor and Scout and Ranger group leader. She has played a major part in the campaign to save the town's library as chair of Friends of Adlington Library (FOAL).

Florence Molyneaux was also honoured for her services to the town council over 36 years as well as her Chorley Council work.

Natalie Kerr's award was for services to organ donation awareness and her associated community and fundraising work.

Lois Birtwistle was honoured for her years of work planning and organising Adlington's carnival.

Amelia Thompson was recognised for her contribution to community organisations including Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers. She also volunteers with residents at Grove House and with young children at dance classes.

Specialist nurse Lucy Lees was awarded for her work supporting the community during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns.

Local businesses Anderton Day Nursery and Fairview Cleaners were recognised for the support given to frontline key and essential workers, and families and individuals in the district during the pandemic.

The Stephen Higgins Young Person Award 2021 was awarded jointly to Milly and Sally Cornes.

Milly made uplifting and encouraging videos sharing Sally's experience so people across the world could see them displaying grace, determination, and resilience throughout her illness.

Sally sadly passed away in February. Milly gave her sister continual support as they organised fundraising for cancer charities and raised the awareness of Ewing's Sarcoma whilst going through a very difficult time.

Milly has since started the @Sallycancer Foundation to ensure Sally's name is never forgotten and to help others in similar situations.

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