We are delighted to announce the Oxfordshire winner and runner up of our Good Neighbour Awards.
The Good Neighbour Awards were launched in May 2017, to recognise people in the community who go 'above and beyond' to help make life easier for others. Since then the nominations have been flooding in, and we are delighted to announce that we have our first Oxfordshire winner – Anne Grieve, who lives in Long Hanborough (pictured left).
Anne was nominated by her neighbour Connie (pictured right). Connie said: "Anne is a great neighbour who takes care of and does a lot for people. She was very kind when I had a fall and took me to and from hospital. Nothing is too much trouble for her and she does things for people at a drop of a hat when anything is needed. Anne knows I live alone and at Christmas she cooked a Christmas dinner and invited me round. I feel incredibly lucky to have her in my life.”
Anne said: “It was such a shock! I don’t do things to expect anything back. I was just so thrilled to find out that I’d been nominated and I’ve certainly never won anything like this before. I’ve always been a carer and I just enjoy looking after people. I’m looking forward to spending my £100 voucher prize.”
The runner up for the award in Oxford is Danielle Makepeace, who was nominated by her neighbour Samantha. Samantha said she nominated Danielle after she helped her when she seriously injured her knee.
Samantha said: “Without Danielle helping me I'm not sure what I would have done. She has helped with shopping, housework, taking my children to school and collecting them and generally being there for me. She has been amazing and I’m not sure I will ever be able to repay everything she has done for me and my girls.”
Danielle said: “I was very surprised when I found out I was a runner up for a Good Neighbour Award. I thought it was really sweet that Samantha nominated me. I was only doing what any friend would do!”
You can find out more about our Good Neighbour Award winner in Wiltshire here.
Do you know someone in your community that you think deserves a little recognition? Perhaps someone has helped you to carry your shopping to your front door, or taken out your bins for you. Maybe your neighbour is always willing to lend a helping hand, or you’ve noticed that they always go out of their way to help others.
Why not nominate them for a Good Neighbour Award? The next winner will be chosen in March, and will be awarded a prize of £100.