Fareham's Citizens of Honour 2012 were presented their awards by HRH The Princess Royal at a special award ceremony at Ferneham Hall on Tuesday 20 March. This year's winners are Jenny Robinson and Suzanne Clifton. Patrick Stewart and Lewis Gamblin are both winners of the Young Citizen of Honour awards.
Jenny has devoted more than 20 years to helping blind and partially sighted people. She was for many years the Chairman of the Hampshire Association for Care of the Blind (known as Open Sight). Jenny has also been involved in running blind social groups in Fareham and Gosport, helping individuals, and is secretary to the Fareham Branch of the Macular Disease Society. She teaches Eccentric Reading for Macular (a technique that can help a person with macular degeneration to use their residual vision more effectively) and is also a major fundraiser for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
As one of the founding members of Broadlaw Community Space, a community room which hosts a wide range of activities and services for all ages, Suzanne has had a major volunteering role over a number of years. She works hard to bring new ideas to the centre and organises Christmas bazaars, summer fairs and outings for young people.
Patrick (15 years of age) is a very conscientious and reliable young man who has done a lot of work representing the views of young people as Vice Chair of Fareham Youth Council and sitting on the local Community Safety Partnership Board. Paddy helped to facilitate at the 2011 Youth Conference and has presented to local decision makers, he takes his role on the youth council very seriously. His brother suffered a serious spinal injury following an accident and Paddy was very supportive of his brother and the rest of the family during a long recovery. He and his family have also done a lot of fundraising work in support of charities.
Lewis (7 years of age) bravely raised the alarm when his mother, Joanne suffered an epileptic seizure. Lewis coped with his mum's fit by going to get a neighbour that he knew well, showing real initiative since he has not witnessed one of her fits before. Lewis works extremely hard at school and is a caring member of the class, always putting others first, he would be far too modest to make any fuss or consider that what he does is anything out of the 'norm'.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: "I would like to send my congratulations to all of this year's winners. As always I am overwhelmed by the kindness, generosity and selfless acts of others and would like to thank them on behalf of their communities for all they do. The winners were presented with their awards by HRH The Princess Royal, which is a very special way for them to be congratulated."
HRH The Princess Royal attended the special ceremony at Ferneham Hall following the Freedom March in West Street by HMS Collingwood and the opening of the West Street Play Area to commemorate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The Citizens of Honour and Young Citizens will be attending Mayor Making on Thursday 10 May.
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