Thamesmead volunteers scoop four awards at Peabody's annual Volunteer Awards.
91-year-old Ethel Jones, a volunteer in Thamesmead for more than twenty years, was one of four Thamesmead winners at the Peabody Volunteer Awards 2016.
Ethel Jones won the Lifetime Achievement for the volunteering she has undertaken at the Pop in Parlour, a centre that offers activities and events for people aged 50 and over including darts, bowls and bingo.
Ethel pictured second from right above, said: "I feel gobsmacked to have won an award! I was so surprised to have even been nominated and had no idea I was going to win. The Pop-in Parlour is really important to older residents in Thamesmead and we have a great group of volunteers - I am glad we are able to help."
Thamesmead resident, William Dorgu also won a prestigious award, Volunteer of the Year for his work across various programmes including Thamesmead Health Champions and Positive Steps Thamesmead - a pioneering health and wellbeing advisory service based at the Lakeside Medical Practice in South Thamesmead.
William said: "I'm very grateful to Peabody for this award. George Peabody came to this country and made a significant difference to people's lives. I started volunteering because I want to do what George Peabody did!
"I haven't got millions of pounds, but I've got good communications skills and a passion for bringing people together. I'd like to thank Abu and Linda from Trust Thamesmead, who trained me to become a health champion, meaning I can help people by supporting and promoting health and wellbeing initiatives across Thamesmead.”
Other Thamesmead winners included local resident Claudette Lawrence, who received the Personal Achievement Award. Claudette has campaigned tirelessly for Her Centre on behalf of women suffering domestic violence, as well as being an active member of her local community.
The Good Life Garden - a community garden in The Moorings - won the Enterprising Communities Award. Head gardener Bryan was particularly recognised for his work at The Birchmere Hub and Men in Sheds