Rushden man wins award after 57 years of volunteering

Rushden, Baptist Church Park Road, Susan Hollowell Memorial Trophy: l-r Nominees Peter Ritches, Stephen Thornton, Peter Head (winner), Mick Hollowell, Joan Longstaff, and Gerry Billinghurst.'11/12/12
Rushden, Baptist Church Park Road, Susan Hollowell Memorial Trophy: l-r Nominees Peter Ritches, Stephen Thornton, Peter Head (winner), Mick Hollowell, Joan Longstaff, and Gerry Billinghurst.'11/12/12
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A man who has spent the past 57 years volunteering in his community has been recognised with an award for his good work.

Peter Head, 75, has dedicated almost six decades to volunteering in Rushden for Scout groups, Park Road Methodist Church in Rushden, the Rotary Club of Rushden and the Friends of Rushden Museum.

Mr Head said he was delighted after receiving the Susan Hollowell Memorial Trophy.

The award scheme began a decade ago in honour of Susan Hollowell, who died in 2002, aged 63. She was a committed volunteer for years in Rushden, and was chairman of Northamptonshire and Rushden Age Concern. She also helped to set up Serve.

Previous winners have been acknowledged for their work with elderly people, but the criteria was widened this year.

Mrs Hollowell’s daughter Sarah Peacock, who presented the award, said: “Volunteers are very important and Peter has volunteered with people of all ages.”

Certificates were also presented to nominees Joan Longstaff, treasurer of Irthlingborough Old People’s Welfare, Stephen Thornton from Nene Valley Community Action, and Peter Riches, Peter Nichlettos and Gerry Billinghurst from Rushden charity Serve.

The award presentation took place at the Sing for Serve carol concert at Park Road Baptist Church. A total of £277.90 was collected at the event.