THE hard-work of a community stalwart was honoured with a surprise presentation of a prestigious Above and Beyond award.
Richard Darlington was chosen as the recipient of the award for Grotton in recognition of his involvement in numerous aspects of the community.
He is a dedicated member of St Anne’s Church, heavily involved in local Fairtrade activities, a committee member of Grotton Residents Association, a member of the local Art Group, involved with the Patients Participation Group, and a member of Dr Kershaw’s Crooners.
He also helped instigate the Emmaus Mossley community 20 years ago, of which he is still chairman, and helps with projects at Mossley Heritage Centre.
His award was presented by Grotton Residents’ Association chair Alicia Marland, who said: “He is incredibly hard working and this is really well deserved.”
The citation for his nomination read: “Richard has always been a hard working member of the community, working with a variety of groups in several villages.
“This includes tireless support of the Grotton Spring litter pick, bonfire night, Grotton gala as well as all he does for St Anne’s church, Lydgate, and he was a founding member of Emmaus Mossley.
“Richard is a worthy recipient for all the work both he and his late wife Elizabeth have done over the years.”
Unsuspecting Richard said: “I am delighted and it was completely unexpected!
“I just enjoy being part of the community and doing things to help local people.
“It has been particularly special to help at Emmaus, enabling people and helping them to make the next steps in their life when they are ready.”
uu Do you know a worthy candidate for Saddleworth’s prestigious Above and Beyond Awards 2018?
The awards celebrate villagers who go the extra mile for their neighbours or contribute to their community with selfless and kindness acts.
Entries will see candidates drawn from across the whole community.
Simply email your nomination, in confidence, accompanied by a written citation (350 words) to: email@example.com
Or write, with your name and contact details, to: A&B Awards, Upperhouse, Oldham Road, Dobcross, Saddleworth OL3 5RD.
The closing date is Wednesday February 28, 2018.