Top honour for selfless Rushden couple

This year's winners of Susan Hollowell Award are Mollie and Bill Clifton, presented by Susan Hollowell's daughter Sarah Peacock.

This year's winners of Susan Hollowell Award are Mollie and Bill Clifton, presented by Susan Hollowell's daughter Sarah Peacock.

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A couple who have spent more than 60 years putting service above self have been honoured for their work.

Bill and Mollie Clifton said they felt humbled to be awarded the Susan Hollowell Award for years of volunteering and charity work.

This year's nominees for the Susan Hollowell Award

This year's nominees for the Susan Hollowell Award

Mr Clifton said: “We have lived and worked in this area for most of our working lives and it is a chance to put something back.”

They have been active members of Rotary and Inner Wheel for many years, but have also been involved with the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, Wellingborough School, the Conservative Association, Macmillan and Barnardo’s.

Rushden Rotary Club nominated them for the annual award organised by Serve in memory of Susan Hollowell, who died in 2002 aged 63.

She was a committed volunteer in Rushden and chairman of Northamptonshire and Rushden Age Concern. She also helped to set up Serve.

Her daughter, Sarah Peacock, presented the award at the Sing for Serve carol concert at Park Road Baptist Church, Rushden.

She said: “Volunteering has been a major part of their life and they have been a valuable duo in the community.

“The motto of Rotary is ‘Service above self’ and this has certainly been the motto of Bill and Mollie Clifton.”

The other nominees were Tina Alexander, Marion Smith, Rick Watson, Betty York, Nicky Herd and Arthur Hollomon.