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Susan Hollowell Memorial Trophy 2012 nominees Peter Ritches, Stephen Thornton, Peter Head (winner), Mick Hollowell, Joan Longstaff and Gerry Billinghurst

Susan Hollowell Memorial Trophy 2012 nominees Peter Ritches, Stephen Thornton, Peter Head (winner), Mick Hollowell, Joan Longstaff and Gerry Billinghurst

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Nominations are being sought for an award which recognises a community volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty during the past year.

Rushden charity Serve wants to honour the efforts of someone from East Northamptonshire involved in outstanding voluntary work by presenting them with the 2013 Susan Hollowell Memorial Trophy.

The award scheme began in 2002. It was launched in honour of Susan Hollowell, who died in 2002 at the age of 63.

Mrs Hollowell was a committed volunteer for many years in Rushden, and was chairman of Northamptonshire and Rushden Age Concern. She also helped to set up Serve.

Peter Head was the recipient of last year’s award for dedicating 57 years to volunteering in Rushden for Scout groups, Park Road Methodist Church in Rushden, the Rotary Club of Rushden and the Friends of Rushden Museum.

Diane Eaton, from Serve, said: “We are now looking for the 2013 winner of the Susan Hollowell Memorial Trophy which will be awarded to a person in the East Northamptonshire community who has been involved in outstanding voluntary work during the past year.

“The award began in 2002 in honour of the late Susan Hollowell.

“She was a committed volunteer for many years in Rushden and this award was set up in her name as a tribute to her memory.

“Nomination forms for candidates have been sent to voluntary groups in the area and are also available from Serve at 19 Church Street, Rushden.

“We want you to nominate a volunteer or good neighbour who has done outstanding work in the East Northamptonshire area in the past year.”

The winner is set to be announced in December and will be presented with the trophy, a gift and certificate at the Sing for Serve carol service on December 3 at Park Road Baptist Church in Rushden.

Nominations must be received at Serve’s office in Rushden by November 22.

For further details about the award, call Diane Eaton at Serve on 01933 315555 or email diane@serve.org.uk.

Serve was formed in 1981 as an information and resource centre providing support for older people in the Rushden area.

The organisation now covers the wider area of East Northamptonshire and parts of Wellingborough.

Serve was initially operated solely by volunteers. It remains fundamentally a voluntary organisation but many of the services are now delivered by trained, paid staff.