Former Royal Navy officer wins Comet Community Hero award for helping Letchworth church which had fences stolen

Liam Grover with his cheque

Liam Grover with his cheque - Credit: Archant

A former officer in the Royal Navy has been given a Comet Community Hero award after his company replaced a church’s stolen fence for free.

Liam Grover won December’s award – sponsored by the Roaring Meg Retail Park in Stevenage – after his business Radwell Fencing came to the aid of the King’s Community Church in Letchworth.

The 31-year-old set up the Letchworth-based company four years ago after having to leave his job as a warfare officer in the Royal Navy due to a hearing problem.

He said: “It is nice to be recognised but it wasn’t why we did it. Churches, particularly in areas like the Jackmans estate, are essential to the community. It had an effect on the way people feel about where they live and needed doing.”

The former Fearnhill School student said he plans to donate his £100 prize to the Thames Area Water Rescue, a charity run by Liam which helps people who have been or are in danger of being flooded.

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