A Welling resident has been shortlisted for a Community Champion award.

Mrs Mary Banks, who lives at Anchor’s Woodville Grove in Ruskin Avenue, was nominated by her neighbours for always going the extra mile helping her community.

Almost 300 nominations were sent in for the Happy Living Awards run by Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit care and housing provider. The awards were launched in August with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Extraordinary Talent, Grandparent of the Year, Community Champion and Best Pet.

Mary Banks is thrilled to be shortlisted for the Community Champion Award. She said: “I am over the moon to have been nominated. It is important to have a good community spirit. I like to help the community organising trips and activities for Woodville Grove and the local community to get involved in.”

Mary provides hot meals for several Alzheimer’s cafés, which have recently had their funding cut so that they can no longer afford to support people living with dementia and their carers. She also lobbies at local government level for more funding, and supports the British Legion and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

Neighbour Gwenda Culmer, who appreciates the difference Mrs Banks makes to their community, said: “Mary is a real star, always organising something for us all to get involved in. She deserves to win, as she always gives up her time to help others. Mary is a tireless worker and a truly inspirational community heroine.”

A customer panel will be coming together later this month to judge those shortlisted, and winners of the six categories will be announced in December.

For more information on Woodville Grove please call 0800 731 2020. 

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