Goods news week . . . presented by Central’s Bob Warman
The face of ITV Central News for a generation was the celebrity compère for the eleventh annual Mayor’s Civic Awards.
And for me like Bob – born and bred in Walsall – it makes you feel proud to see the unsung heroes of the town properly recognised for their outstanding achievements.
The Town Hall ceremony saw countless examples of “community spirit in action”, among them 13-year-old Brodie Meredith for her tireless fund-raising for her family’s charity, Livvy’s Smile.
The charity is named after her late sister Livvy, who suffered from the devastating neurological condition Rett Syndrome, which left her physically and mentally disabled. She sadly passed away on November 7, 2008, aged just nine.
Stella Pettifor, from Harden, was presented with an award after spending more than 30 years helping vulnerable families in the Goscote area by arranging youth clubs, parenting support, volunteering opportunities and other activities.
Other winners included Kieran Widdowson, a member of staff in Walsall Council’s regeneration team. Since he was 17, Kieran has been affected by a brain tumour and had more than 30 operations.
Despite this, he became a volunteer ambassador for Brain Tumour Support, and has campaigned to improve local services.
Live wires Reginald Wrighton, 89, and his 90-year-old wife Ada were awarded with the final Mayor’s Civic Award of the evening, having been involved in voluntary work for more than 75 years.
They have raised thousands of pounds for Walsall Manor Hospital and further cash for Disabled Willenhall and St Giles Walsall Hospice – touching
the lives of hundreds of people in Willenhall and beyond.