Rushden volunteers recognised at annual awards

Mike Neville, Sarah Peacock, Anne Plowright and Peter Sara
Mike Neville, Sarah Peacock, Anne Plowright and Peter Sara

An annual award to recognise and honour the work of volunteers in and around Rushden has been presented.

The Susan Hollowell Award is presented annually to those who work tirelessly to help others.

Winner of the Susan Hollwell Trophy' Sarah Peacock

Winner of the Susan Hollwell Trophy' Sarah Peacock

It is 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, which offers support to older people in East Northamptonshire and parts of Wellingborough.

And fittingly, this year’s winner has been announced as Susan’s daughter, Sarah Peacock.

Her voluntary work over the years has included leading the Over 60s Housemartins Club in Rushden and chairing the board of governors at Whitefriars Infants School and the group which set up the town’s museum.

In 1999 she was elected to East Northants Council, becoming its chairman in 2009/10 during which time she was invited to Buckingham Palace to have tea with the Queen.

She has also been involved with the setting up of the Greenway pathways for walkers and cyclists and, as leader of Rushden Town Council, was part of the successful campaign for the Rushden Lakes development which included securing a footbridge over the A45 to link the scheme with the town.

She has also been invoved with Spire Homes, the annual Sing with Serve carol concerts and the Rotary Club.

Other nominees for the award were Barbara Nichols, who volunteers at Serve and covers the reception, Linda Bone, Margaret Young, a volunteer at the Full Gospel Church, and Anne Plowright, who drives vulnerable adults to medical appointments.

Before the awards were announced at the Park Road Baptist church in Rushden, the Sing for Serve concert took place and acts included Ellie McAspurn, 12, an over 60s band, A local folk band called Frumenty, Risdene Academy, South End infants and South End junior schools and Serve volunteer driver Peter Riches, who read John Betjeman’s poem Christmas.