The backroom helper

PUBLISHED: 11:59 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

Margaret Andre

Margaret Andre

A PENSIONER who works tirelessly to support her local community has been nominated for The Comet Community Awards 08. Margaret Andre, 66, of Fieldfare in Letchworth GC, has been nominated by Ashuk Ahmed for the Service to the Community category in this ye

A PENSIONER who works tirelessly to support her local community has been nominated for The Comet Community Awards 08.

Margaret Andre, 66, of Fieldfare in Letchworth GC, has been nominated by Ashuk Ahmed for the Service to the Community category in this year's awards.

He said: "When most people look forward to their retirement, Margaret works tirelessly to support the local community, particularly young people from disadvantaged backgrounds on the Grange Estate in Letchworth.

"Margaret is a trustee of the Grange Youth Cub, which provides a range of activities and opportunities to young people, and is also used as a community focal point to provide other community-based activities.

"As a trustee Margaret not only helps run the club but she also helps organise activities at the centre for young people during the youth club evenings and on other occasions for the local community.

"In order to save money for the youth club she even carries out the cleaning of the centre on a voluntary basis.

"Through her contribution she's been able to change the lives of many people, particularly young people, for the better and therefore I believe her exemplary services to the community deserve recognition."

When Margaret heard she had been nominated for the award, she said: "I'm rather embarrassed."

She said she began volunteering at the youth club in response to an advert two years ago, adding: "I knew I wasn't the right image for the youth club so I asked how I could help in the background.

"I clean every week and I do the accounts and there are always lots of bits and pieces to do.

"I just feel that if you live on an estate you should be doing something for youngsters, instead of complaining about them."

Margaret, who has just finished giving the youth club's kitchen a fresh lick of paint, also volunteers for Headway - the brain injury charity. She said: "My husband had had brain injuries so I'm a carer, a volunteer and a trustee.

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