Stevenage businesswoman Claire bestowed Rotary’s highest honour

A number of charities were presented with cheques at the Rotary Club of Stevenage's tea party, with

A number of charities were presented with cheques at the Rotary Club of Stevenage's tea party, with Austin Funeral Services' Claire Austin (bottom row, second from left) receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship. Picture: Nick Gill - Credit: Nick Gill

The chief executive of Austin’s Funeral Services was bestowed Rotary’s highest honour on Friday in recognition of her charitable achievements in the community.

Remember this? Claire Austin had her hair shaved off last year to raise funds for the Stevenage Comm

Remember this? Claire Austin had her hair shaved off last year to raise funds for the Stevenage Community Trust. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Claire Austin was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Stevenage during a tea party to mark Rotary Day, hosted by club president Alex Lang.

The fellowship was to recognise her fundraising efforts on behalf of the Stevenage Community Trust, which included shaving all her hair off.

Claire Austin sporting her new look after the charity head shave. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Claire Austin sporting her new look after the charity head shave. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

A whole host of charities were presented with cheques to honour their work in the community, including Mercy Ships, Just Be A Child, Garden House Hospice Care, The Red Shed, Red Cross Hertfordshire, and the Stevenage Community Trust.


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