Pocklington Rotary Club awards recognise great community work by ‘Unsung Heroes’

Pocklington Rotary Club has announced the winners of its “Unsung Heroes” project.

Friday, 2nd July 2021, 11:33 am
Pocklington Town Crier Geoff Sheasby was one of the people honoured by the Rotary Club.

The club had asked for nominations to highlight the people who have given their time to help others within the community, especially – but not necessarily – during the pandemic.

Rotary International allows local clubs to award a special acknowledgement of community service, called The Paul Harris Fellowship, in honour of club’s founder.

The club was only allowed to make four awards this year, but found it had received nine outstanding nominations.

A Rotary spokesman said: “As all of these heroes were thought to be worthy of recognition and thanked for their work, a further four Community Service Awards were given, with one nominee declining to be publicly recognised.”

On Monday, June 21, a socially distanced awards ceremony was held with awards presented by club president David Crossland.

Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded to:

Ruth Steels for her community work over the past 22 years, but specifically for her response at the start of the pandemic, when she set about recruiting a team of 45 volunteers, to conduct an SOS service to run shopping errands, collect prescriptions and provide medical advice for the elderly and vulnerable.

Ruth Jackson and Zoe Hodgkin for setting up and running the Pocklington Covid-19 Support Group and subsequent voluntary work.

George Jibson for creating and running the Pocklington Imagination Library 10 years ago, when he was 10.

Rotary Community Service Awards were presented to:

Pocklington Rugby in the Community, part of Pocklington Rugby Club.

Chairman Andy Bowden received the award on behalf of the club which has allowed the use of its premises for People’s Pantry and are adapting an area for permanent use.

It has also been a hub for Pocklington Covid 19 Community Support Group, allowed use of the car park for food stalls, cooked over 200 Christmas meals for residents, delivered Easter eggs to the community, and was a drop-off point for old laptops to support the Hey Smile Foundation.

Heather Davison for her long-term work and tireless devotion to her People’s Pantry, in Pocklington – especially responding to the additional work and organisation during the pandemic.

Barry Stockdale for his sterling work and dedication to the Pocklington Facebook page and for his response during the pandemic to provide up-to-date information and communication.

Pocklington Town Crier Geoffrey Sheasby. He has enthusiastically fulfilled this role for more than 20 years and often goes way beyond the call of duty.

His nominator said: “I know of his huge commitment to all the organisations he has been associated with.”