12 Apr 2019

Wiltshire winner of Good Neighbour Awards announced

Wiltshire winner Jane Young
  • Runner up Toni MacKay
  • Runner up Judith Fooks

A Royal Wootton Bassett resident who "spends all her time and spare money helping others", is the winner of GreenSquare’s Good Neighbour Awards 2019.

The awards recognise people in the community who go above and beyond to help make life easier for others and are open to GreenSquare customers in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

Jane Young, 69, is the winner of the Wiltshire awards. She was nominated by Mark Smart, who works at GreenSquare.

"Jane may be retired, but she works non-stop supporting various charities by fundraising and raising awareness," said Mark. 

"In particular she works tirelessly to help the homeless collecting and distributing blankets, sleeping bags and cooking meals. I nominated Jane because she is always looking for ways to make a difference, and seems to spend all her time and spare money helping others, which is fantastic."

Jane, 69, who recently became a great grandmother, moved from Scotland to Wiltshire in 1988 and has lived in her home in Royal Wootton Basset for 30 years. Before she retired she was a successful forensic accountant.

Speaking about her win she said: "I did not expect anything like this. When you phoned and told me I asked if you were sure, I thought somebody was playing a prank on me!

"But I’m really pleased, it’s nice that somebody nominates you. It makes you feel what you’re doing is worthwhile. To tell you the truth it’s not me who should be getting this, it’s all the people in Wootton Bassett - the little team that I have going - they’re all smashing."

As well as a certificate, Jane has won a prize of £100, with prizes of £50 going to the two runners up: Toni MacKay from Corsham and Judith Fooks from Malmesbury.

Sue Matthews, community involvement officer, said: "I’m so glad Jane has won the Good Neighbour Award; she is a real inspiration. These awards are a great opportunity to shine a light on people like Jane, and the runners up, who make a real difference to the local community where they live."

Nominations are open all year round. For more information about making a nomination visit the website.