Kenilworth Mayor’s awards given in thanks to three people in recognition for their contribution to community life in the town

One of the awards was given posthumously to former Kenilworth School teacher Derek Price who died last November

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 6:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 6:10 pm
Audrey Price and her daughter Alison Selwood receive an Award of Merit from Kenilworth Mayor Cllr Richard Dickson which was given posthumously to Audrey's husband and Alison's father Derek Price.

Kenilworth Mayor Cllr Richard Dickson has given an Award of Merit to three residents in recognition of their 'huge contribution to community life in the town'.

The awards were presented at a small event at Kenilworth Castle this week.

The first award was given posthumously to acknowledge the work of Derek Price, who died last November.

Helen Braithwaite and Pauline Hayward receive an Award of Merit from Kenilworth Mayor Cllr Richard Dickson.

The award was received by his wife Audrey and the couple's daughter Alison Selwood.

Derek had been a geography teacher at Kenilworth School for more than 35 years and had also been chairman of the Community Centre in Bertie Road.

He was also very active at St Nicholas church where he had served on the Parochial Church Council and led the Sunday school for many years, as well as being involved in both deanery and diocesan synod.

The second and third awards were given to two of the leading volunteers within the Covid-19 Support Kenilworth charity which has been important in supporting vulnerable residents during the past year.

Since March 2020 Helen Braithwaite has organised the Pharmie Army of volunteers, which has delivered more than 7,500 prescriptions to people who were unable to collect them from their local pharmacy because they were shielding.

Pauline Hayward has coordinated the charity’s helpline which has received more than 33,000 calls in the past year, as well as organising the delivery of more than 4,000 meals to isolating residents.

Presenting the awards, Cllr Dickson said: “Kenilworth is defined by its strong sense of community, creativity and culture and, in their different ways, Helen, Pauline and Derek have shown how individual people can, by working with other people, make our town an even better place to live, work and visit.

"They have provided so much inspiration.

"I hope their families are very proud of them.”