Award for plucky Joan

PUBLISHED: 13:28 27 April 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 06 May 2010

Joan Smith

Joan Smith

WHEN her husband died Joan Smith dedicated her life to the elderly in her community. Now 77, she has no intention of retiring and promises to continue working for Age Concern in Sandy. This week Joan was rewarded for her dedication when she received the M

WHEN her husband died Joan Smith dedicated her life to the elderly in her community.

Now 77, she has no intention of retiring and promises to continue working for Age Concern in Sandy.

This week Joan was rewarded for her dedication when she received the Mayor's Award at the annual meeting of Sandy Town Council.

Each year the award is given to someone who has given outstanding voluntary service in the town, last year it was pensioners' campaigner Ken Lynch.

This year the decision was made by Sandy Mayor David Gale, his deputy Colin Osborne and former mayor Richard Frood.

"It was a unanimous decision," said Cllr Gale.

"Over the years Joan has done tremendous work in Sandy and she continues to do that work with great enthusiasm and dedication.

"She deserves this award and long may she continue to make a wonderful contribution to the community in Sandy."

Joan of Longfield Road, Sandy, received her award at a presentation ceremony in front of councillors and friends on Monday night.

"I have spent nearly all my life in Sandy having moved here when I was 17," said Joan.

"When my husband died, he had been a postman in Sandy for 45 years; I had to find something else to do rather than sitting at home alone so I began looking after the Age Concern bus so the elderly could get out and about.

"I enjoy doing it but never thought I was going to get an award for my work. But I have no intention of giving up my voluntary work which I will continue to enjoy doing along with working in my large garden.


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