Social club stalwart Tony is honoured

Tony Trotter (left) and Barry Slasberg, president of the South East Midlands Branch of the CIU

Tony Trotter (left) and Barry Slasberg, president of the South East Midlands Branch of the CIU

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A man who has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for good causes has been honoured by the social clubs of which he is a member.

Tony Trotter, a member of Rushden Town Band Club, Higham Ferrers Working Men’s Club and Higham Ferrers Town Band Club, has raised at least £50,000 for charities such as the region’s air ambulance as well as national appeals including Marie Curie Cancer Care over a number of years.

The citation for Mr Trotter’s award also said he had helped raise money to help parents of sick children in order to cover the expense of visiting their children in Great Ormond Street, Kettering and Northampton Hospitals.

It added: “Tony is a person who has never sought publicity for himself over decades of hard work for others, a truly selfless individual who epitomises all that is good in our movement.”

Mr Trotter was presented with the Haddon Memorial Bowl by Barry Slasberg, president of the regional branch of Britain’s biggest clubs organisation, the CIU.

The Haddon Bowl, which commemorates former branch president Wally Haddon and his family, is awarded to the member who has contributed most to club life in the Rushden and Wellingborough area.