Nine ’invaluable’ volunteers have been recognised for their dedication to others.
The group of selfless helpers were awarded individually for exceptional voluntary work in Oxford.
Councillor Jean Fooks, in one of her last duties as Lord Mayor of Oxford, handed out Certificates of Honour during a special ceremony at Oxford Town Hall last week.
Cllr Fooks, whose term as Lord Mayor ended on Tuesday, said: “The Certificates of Honour mark the many varied and often unrecognised services undertaken in the city of Oxford by invaluable volunteers.
“It is a great honour to celebrate the achievements of these individuals as one of my last duties as Lord Mayor of Oxford.
“Without their dedication, support and selflessness, much of what is delivered in this city would just not happen.”
Councillor Colin Cook was sworn in as the annual mayor making ceremony during an Oxford City Council meeting on Tuesday.
Those to receive Certificates of Honour were:
Gill Begnor – fundraising for the Oxford Cancer Centre
Ros Crook – listening volunteer for Oxford Samaritans
Julie Hester – 15 years of service as a volunteer for Archway
Cat Kelly – organising Folk Arts Oxford voluntarily since 2012
Raymond Lee – over 30 years of service as a volunteer with St John’s Ambulance
Elaine Steane – over 15 years of service as a volunteer reader for ARCh
Alice Street Soden – voluntary service with St John’s Ambulance since 2012
Bill Tollett – service as a listening volunteer for Oxford Samaritans
Stuart Waddington – supporting the homeless both in Oxford and internationally