A tenant from Abingdon has been highly commended for a Community Champion award. June Penman, 81, who lives at Anchor’s Ladygrove Paddock on Drayton Road, was nominated by three neighbours for always going the extra mile helping her community.

Over 600 nominations were sent in for Anchor’s Happy Living Awards for those who live with Anchor who is England’s largest not-for-profit care and housing provider. The awards were launched in May 2014 with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Silver Surfer, Best Grandparent, Community Champion and Carer of the Year.

June Penman, who has lived at Ladygrove Paddock for seven years, is thrilled to be highly commended in the Community Champion category. She said: “I am over the moon to have been nominated by Doreen. It is important to have a good community spirit. I like to help the community, organising trips and activities for Ladygrove Paddock and anyone else in the Abingdon area to get involved in.”

Neighbour Doreen Domoney, 89, who is thankful for all June does, said: “We are a small community at Ladygrove Paddock and it would not be the same without June.

“She arranges a monthly lunch for everyone in a local church, making sure all the less able tenants are included, and a regular fish and chip supper with our neighbouring Anchor scheme Lady Eleanor Court.
“June also does little caring things for people every day, like driving people to hospital appointments or taking them out for tea if she thinks they are lonely.

“Outside of Ladygrove Paddock, June is the chair of the Abingdon Hospital League of Friends and a member of the Breakaway Club; she has helped to raise thousands of pounds for some very worthy causes.
“I do not think anyone in any Anchor scheme is more deserving of the Community Champion Award than our wonderful friend and neighbour June Penman.”

A customer panel came together before Christmas to judge those nominated, and winners of the six categories will be announced at the end of January.

For more information on Ladygrove Paddock please call 0845 140 2020 or visit www.anchor.org.uk.

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