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Mayor's Award for Service to the Community

Residents and groups who have made a real difference to their communities during the pandemic have been celebrated by the Mayor of Guildford.

The Mayor's 2021 Award for Service to the Community rewarded people who were nominated by residents in the borough for going out of their way to improve the lives of others, fostering good relationships and encouraging positive community spirit. This year's event included a new Community Heroes award. The award celebrates groups whose activities have supported residents affected by coronavirus. 

We honoured people who volunteered to help elderly, vulnerable and disadvantaged residents throughout the pandemic. They set up community groups and telephone helplines, cooked and delivered meals, made face masks and other protective equipment. They provided activities to help residents stay happy, healthy and active. Other recipients have raised money for local charities, helped homeless people. Others helped disadvantaged children continue their school work online.

The Mayor's Award for Service to the Community is kindly sponsored by The County Club, High Street, Guildford.

Cllr Richard Billington, Mayor of Guildford 2019-2021, said:

"Everyone receiving an award has been nominated by residents whose lives have been touched by their kindness, generosity of spirit and endless enthusiasm, in some cases over many years but particularly during one of the toughest years in all of our lives. Supporting health in our community has been the theme for my mayoral year and every one of the award recipients have made significant contributions to both the physical and mental health of the borough.

"Their stories are inspiring and confirm the wonderful sense of community that we have in Guildford. I am delighted to have been able to recognise the tremendous contribution that they have made to the borough.

"My thanks also goes to The County Club and its general manager, Kevin Lorimer, for again sponsoring the event, and Nick Wyschna of Guildford Fringe for being an excellent host."

Lisa Ryan and Sasja McCann set up a coronavirus helpline in Albury. They distributed information leaflets around their village. They co-ordinated a team of volunteers to help with food parcels and community transport.

Lisa and Sasja said:

"We're honoured to receive this award on behalf of all of our volunteers. The start of the coronavirus pandemic was a scary time for everybody, and things were so uncertain. We wanted to create this network to let vulnerable people, who were in their homes and scared to go out for essential items, know that help was available.

"In the end we had more volunteers than people who needed our help. The thought that everybody wanted to do something was very humbling, and it's helped us to get to know our community and meet new people."

Send Scrubs Hub makes washable suits and laundry bags for local NHS and care home staff to stop the spread of coronavirus. Group founder, Kathryn Carr, collected fabric, designed patterns for each piece of equipment, secured the use of Send Evangelical Church as headquarters for the group and co-ordinated volunteers for the collection, sewing, cutting and distribution of the scrubs. They have provided scrub suits and hats, laundry bags, ear protectors and face masks for several hospitals, surgeries and charities, including Royal Surrey County Hospital, St Peter's Hospital, Surrey Community Dental Services, The Samson Centre for Multiple Sclerosis and Cherry Trees Care Home.

Kathryn Carr said:

"Thank you to the Mayor of Guildford for recognising our achievement during the Covid-19 pandemic and presenting Send Scrubs Hub with this Community Heroes Award. It is such a huge honour, which I share with over 100 local residents who gave over 8,000 volunteer hours in cutting, laundering, packaging and delivering over 4,500 items of non-medical personal protective equipment.

"We have made over 1,000 face coverings, which have been delivered to homes in Send and Clandon, as well as scrub suits, bags, hats, masks and ear savers for our NHS staff, key workers and charities. For me, every single item embodies the true spirit of community and kindness."

Watch the ceremony on our YouTube Channel.

List of 2021 winners

Mayor's Award for Service to the Community


  • The Community Angels Project - run by Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy. They offer support to vulnerable people to reconnect with their community. The project saw a 300% increase in demand for its services during the pandemic
  • Kelvin Hayes and the team of volunteer drivers for Horsley Community Bus - provided transport to elderly residents for shopping trips, medical appointments and excursions for over a decade
  • Mediation Surrey - a charity which provides free mediation services for families and people experiencing antisocial behaviour. All 100 of their mediators are volunteers. They adapted overnight to providing online services during the pandemic

Mayor's Award for Service to the Community


  • Stuart Alexander - a passionate supporter of our local independent shops. Stuart is a volunteer for Guildford Action, which provides shelter for homeless people
  • Julie Barham - the Peaslake correspondent for Peaslake Community Council. She has supported her community for more than 40 years
  • Nathan Brooker - a vital member of Voluntary Action South-West Surrey's Welcome to Volunteering project. The project encourages people to get involved in volunteering
  • Liam Covey - a volunteer gardener and handyman at The Spike Heritage Centre, Guildford
  • Chris Dick - has written about Effingham for the Guildford Dragon online newspaper for more than five years
  • Carol Dunnett - Chief Officer of Voluntary Action South-West Surrey. She is soon to retire after more than a decade in a role. She has helped hundreds of voluntary groups and charities in the region
  • Debbie Foster - organised volunteers and delivered prescriptions and food parcels in Worplesdon. She is a long-term member of Fairlands Players theatre company and Fairlands brownies
  • Cheryl Hankin - launched a Facebook page to ask local residents to recycle more rubbish. She also organises community litter picks to raise money for the Count the Kicks charity
  • Teresa Male - one of Voluntary Action South West Surrey's Welcome Buddies. Teresa helps people in their recovery from mental health problems
  • Ann Mather - the founder and a regular volunteer of North Guildford Food Bank. She also works with Christians Against Poverty
  • Carla Morson - the founder of the Ash, Ash Vale and Ash Green Coronavirus Support Group. The group supported vulnerable people with shopping, prescriptions, companionship and information. They delivered food parcels and made personal protective equipment for their community
  • Paul Newman - has completed sponsored runs. He has raised money to buy instruments for a new youth marching brass band. In the past year he has funded over 40 instruments
  • Ian Rose - trustee of Normandy Village Hall. Ian helps the hall stay open for its community seven days a week. He was previously the chairman of the trustees of the hall
  • Sharmila Seeboruth - a volunteer for Voluntary Action South West Surrey's Welcome to Volunteering project. Sharmila also volunteers for the Watts Gallery Artists' Village in Compton. She gives up time to help the Space to Grow community garden in Farnham and learning disabilities charity, Dimensions UK.
  • David Sindall - has volunteered for over nine years at Headway Surrey. The Stoughton charity supports individuals and families with brain injuries. He also volunteers with Voluntary Action South West Surrey's Welcome Buddies project
  • Marion Thompson - has volunteered for three local charities, Guildford Action, The Canterbury Care Centre and Voluntary Action South West Surrey for almost 10 years

Community Heroes


  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Association (Guildford Branch) - provided 1,600 cooked meals to the Royal Surrey County Hospital. Provided meals and support for shielding residents and donations to foodbanks. Made PPE for local hospitals and schools
  • Ash, Ash Vale and Ash Green Coronavirus Support Group - supported vulnerable people with shopping and prescriptions. Delivered food parcels and made personal protective equipment for their local community
  • Caper and Berry - provided almost 10,000 meals for key workers and vulnerable residents. Meals were given to staff at Royal Surrey County Hospital and Guildford Nuffield Centre
  • Foodwise TLC - delivered over 30,000 meals to families at risk of food insecurity. Provided free cooking lessons to local residents
  • Guildford Philanthropy - worked with Foodwise TLC, supported local charities including Guildford Action, North Guildford Food Bank, The Matrix Trust and The Big Leaf Foundation. Provided laptops for digitally disadvantaged children to continue their online studies. Awarded 13 grants totalling £125,686
  • Mandira's Kitchen - provided 250 meals for vulnerable families over the Christmas holidays
  • Positano Restaurant - delivered 250 freshly-cooked meals to local residents during lockdown
  • Puttenham Buddies Group - supported local elderly and vulnerable people in their village from the start of lockdown
  • Ripley Corona Support Network - supported elderly and vulnerable people with errands, a hardship fund and community helpline
  • St. Saviour's Church - 'Meals For You' were made in the kitchen at St. Saviour's for delivery to local residents
  • Send Community Aid - Co-ordinated 130 volunteers to support local people with errands. Helped with dog walking, ran a telephone helpline and Facebook group 
  • Kathryn Carr's Send Scrubs Hub - made washable uniforms and scrub bags for local NHS and care home staff
  • Unigold 2000 Ltd - donated 50 laptops to Kings College, Guildford. The laptops helped digitally disadvantaged pupils continue their online studies
  • Staff at Watts Gallery Artists' Village - provided opportunities for Voluntary Action's Welcome to Volunteering volunteers to join them during 2020

Community Heroes


  • Thomas George - Rock Choir's Thomas maintained regular choir rehearsals. He supported Guildford Fringe Festival events. He hosted quizzes, cooking sessions and even a Christmas Day sing-along session for isolated or lonely people
  • Beccy Matthews - offered free online fitness classes for cancer patients during lockdown. She tailored the classes for all, whatever their health and level of treatment
  • Jennifer Ashwood - Jennifer is part of Riverside's Homeless Outreach and Support Team. She helped provide accommodation for every local homeless person. She provided regular food parcels, clothing and moral support
  • Madeline Baker - supported her fellow care home residents and day centre friends, even though she was shielding herself. She carried out shopping trips and errands
  • Joan Barnett - has volunteered for Sight for Surrey for 16 years and took on extra clients during the pandemic
  • Shelina and Ian Blinkhorn - from East Horsley Post Office and General Store. They organised deliveries to vulnerable residents and supported their local community
  • Angela Breen - manager of The Four Seasons Trust care home. She supports her residents 24-hours-a-day. She worked throughout the Christmas holidays when other staff had to self-isolate
  • Sophie Brown - supported her community in Normandy by handing out leaflets and managing the local foodbank. She has also volunteered for The Rainbow Trust, Age UK, and Guildford Street Angels. She has raised money for charities in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Bill and Jenny Cole - made over 2,800 re-usable face masks for residents in Ash. They donated all proceeds to Ash United Football Club
  • Charlotte Fraser - worked with Foodwise TLC. Made up to 400 meals every week for vulnerable families
  • Paul Galley - has been helping local residents stay fit and active during lockdown. Organised a free running club through his Fitstuff running shop in Guildford. He sponsored local events
  • Helen Garood - a pharmacist who was instrumental in setting up the G Live and Cranleigh vaccine centres, as well as supporting neighbours during lockdown and bad weather
  • Marta Gaskin - continued to provide a free Christmas lunch to hundreds of local elderly, vulnerable and lonely people during lockdown, including organising delivery
  • Kirstie Jones - mental health social worker Kirstie worked with some of the most vulnerable people in our community during the pandemic
  • Jasmine Kapoor - provided food parcels to isolated students and families during lockdown
  • Sophie Lee - created colourful 'lockdown bags' for residents in Peaslake, Shere and Gomshall. The bags included hand sanitiser, sweets, biscuits and information on local support 
  • Lisa Ryan and Sasja McCann - set up the Albury Coronavirus Helpline. Handed out information leaflets around their village. Co-ordinated a team of volunteers to help with food parcels and community transport
  • Dr Thumuluru Kavitha Madhuri - works for the Gynae-oncology Research and Clinical Excellence charity at Guildford's Nuffield Hospital. Has voluntarily helped their fundraising efforts with sponsored challenges and selling Christmas cards. Co-ordinated the charity's response to coronavirus
  • Jan Messinger - Jan is a Worplesdon Parish Councillor and trustee of the Sime Gallery. Also the Worplesdon correspondent for The Guildford Dragon News. Jan delivered prescriptions to local residents in the first lockdown
  • Trevor Osborn - continued to support his community and colleagues by working in his local branch of Tesco, despite being advised to shield
  • Ketan Patel, Riverside Housing Association - helped to make Guildford's Number Five night shelter Covid-secure while still adapting to its new 24/7 service to support homeless people. Provided specialist help to get people back on their feet
  • Jenni Pettit - Jenni's West Horsley shop became a community hub during lockdown. They provided deliveries to residents who were housebound or vulnerable
  • Michelle Presley - at the start of lockdown set up a Facebook page to help local residents with vital information and support. Helped with dog walking services, food parcels and prescription delivery
  • Roshini, Ram and Mitthra Rammeash - their East Horsley shop became a hub for voluntary work. They collected prescriptions and delivered shopping to vulnerable residents
  • Alex Sanderson - coordinated food parcels and delivered shopping and prescriptions. Alex provided free childcare and organised online support meetings during the pandemic. She continued to edit her parish magazine
  • Emma Terry - created a database of Compton residents in need of support and co-ordinated volunteers. Emma worked with her parish council and local food banks to provide support
  • Tamera White - co-ordinated St Catherine's School's donations to The Hive at the Park Barn Centre. They provided pre-loved items and Christmas boxes for disadvantaged families
  • Jane and David Williams - organise daily litter picks in Peaslake
  • Nick and Charlotte Wyschna - created and provided activity packs during lockdown. Our Community Wellbeing Team gave them to local families