Community Angels win the 2021 Mayor’s Award for service to the Community

We are thrilled to have been awarded the Mayor’s Award for service to the Community this year! Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Richard Billington introduced the service to the Community award, no in its’ 18th year The award “which recognises the contribution of people who have gone out of their way to improve the lives of others, foster good relations and encourage positive community spirit.”

“The one thing which links the majority of the winners who are based in our borough, is their voluntary work, and how they have achieved so much by giving their own time so freely and selflessly.” Mayor Billington said he was “delighted to announce out group recipients as The Community Angels Project, run by Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy, which offers support to vulnerable people to reconnect with their community and saw a 300% increase in demand for their services during the pandemic.”

Leader of Guildford Borough Council Cllr Joss Bigmore said award winners showed “Their selfless dedication to helping others has been inspiration to us all and kept the borough going through this unprecedented times. They deserve the thanks and gratitude of everyone in the borough for everything that they have done. One of the qualities which has shone through in many of our award winners has been their humility – their surprise at being honoured. They see it simply doing their bit to help their community but it’s far more than that… “Their selfless dedication to helping others has been inspiration to us all and kept the borough going through this unprecedented times. They deserve the thanks and gratitude of everyone in the borough for everything that they have done. One of the qualities which has shone through in many of our award winners has been their humility – their surprise at being honoured. They see it simply doing their bit to help their community but it’s far more than that.”

Congratulations to all the other nominees and winners honoured at the online award ceremony on 10 May. You can watch the ceremony, including songs from music group, the Barricade Boys on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J__p5zHCjKM  with our award coming at around 1hour and 57 minutes in. As the Mayor said that evening “your stories confirm the wonderful sense of community that we have here in Guildford”

Our thanks also go to the awards sponsor the County Club represented at the ceremony by General manager, Kevin Lorimer. Thank you to all our amazing Angels who have generously given their time this year to serve the community and for the Mayor in honouring us in this way.