CITIZEN OF SOUTHEND AWARDS
Stockvale Ltd are also the founders and funders of the ‘Citizen of Southend’ Awards, which each year honours and rewards people from the Southend Borough for their community work.
How many times have you thought ‘That person should be rewarded for that’? They might have performed a selfless act, achieved recognition in a particular area or just helped out a neighbour. You just sometimes wish that an unsung hero could be recognised for their achievements. Well that’s what the ‘Citizen of Southend’ is all about. This award scheme gives you the chance to nominate someone who lives, works and contributes to the community in the Southend Borough who you think should receive the ‘Citizen of Southend’ title.
For example, the following people won awards in 2019’s awards!
Gold Winner: Jacky Goddard
As gold winner, Jacky won £500 for herself, and we gave £500 to her chosen charity!
Jacky has worked tirelessly throughout her life with Girlguiding. From being a brownie herself to spending years running her own units. She currently runs an overflowing unit of guides in Westcliff. She has shared her knowledge and supported many young women through their guiding lives and so many who have been led by Jacky have gone on to do bigger and better things. She always has time and patience for the youngest rainbow to the oldest trefoil guild member. She has led groups of adults and passed on her wisdom and care. She also spent many years producing Southend gang show. Providing young people in the area with an opportunity to perform. She is an outstanding lady and deserves recognition from the town for all she has done for over 60 years.
Silver Winner: Emma Cox
As silver winner, Emma won £250 for herself, and we gave £250 to her chosen charity!
Emma has set up a support group for mothers who have lost their babies/children. She has worked tirelessly to raise funds towards the Butterfly Bereavement Suite having to sadly use their facilities in 2016. She is currently organising her 2nd Charity Ball as well as supporting others who have been through this terrible ordeal. Emma works as Head of Maths at St Thomas Moore school and also is Mum to Jamie and Eden.
Bronze Winner: Katie Southgate
As bronze winner, Katie won £150 for themselves, and we gave £150 to her chosen charity!
Katie gives up her own time to show and help oncology families love and happiness throughout their journey. She goes out of her way to put a smile on a child’s face when they’re having one of their bad days. Gives continuous support to the Gold Geese families especially when they most need it. I couldn’t have gotten as far as we have without her. She’s truly a godsend. Katie has also organised so many swab drives to get people aware and signed up to save 1000s of lives. Katie truly is a hero
Bronze Winner: Anna Baker
As bronze winner, Anna won £150 for herself and we gave £150 to her chosen charity!
Anna and her husband Scott have recently started a charity to help children in poverty by providing them with a new school uniform and PE kit for school. Having volunteered for many years Anna was assisting in raising funds and arranging collections for clothes for children in other countries who have no clothing when they were approached by a parent who lived locally who was unable to pay for a uniform for her child to attend school. This was the catalyst behind anna and Scott setting up Packed with Smiles. The charity has just received registered status, and via a crowd funding event last year has already helped 15 children in poverty, attend school equipped with all of the necessary uniform and therefore better able to concentrate on their studies.
The work her and her husband have undertaken to get the charity off the ground given that they have themselves a young family and full time jobs, is just amazing. Anna’s Ethos of life being about love and kindness is something she very much brings to life
Sir Teddy Taylor Award:
As the Sir Teddy Taylor award winner, Noel won £500 for himself and we gave £500 to his chosen charity!
Noel is a retired local Accountant (Rickard Keen). He has given his services free to LODS (Leigh Operatic and Dramatic Society) for many years. He is a person who has collected at stations, event and has supported many local charities over the years, despite his busy profession. He was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, recovered and I saw him last summer running in a 24 hour event for HARP. He will pop along and help sell programmes for us at our shows. He is now unwell again but I saw him yesterday doing grandad duties and is amazingly positive. He has helped SO many people in his lifetime by just thinking of them first. A real pillar of the community.