A resident from Crowborough has been shortlisted for a Community Champion award. Jim McCullough, 68 years old, who lives at Anchor’s Nye Close, in Bridger Way was nominated by John Labrum, Team Manager, for always going the extra mile and helping his 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, Creative Champion, Grandparent of the Year, Community Champion and Best Pet.

Jim McCullough, who has lived at Nye Close for three years, is thrilled to be shortlisted for the Community Champion Award. He said: “Having been made redundant in 2009 after working flat out for 25 years for the same firm, my confidence and future took a distinct downturn. I moved to my Anchor Estate in 2012, I become involved in galvanising schedules for the required works, which have now reached completion. I am pleased to have helped others and at the same time restored my sense of purpose.”

John Labrum, who appreciates the difference Jim makes to their community, said: “Jim always looks out for his neighbours. He produces a newsletter on a monthly basis at his own expense so he can provide updates, encourage involvement in communal decision making and make residents aware of issues that could affect them. He makes a difference to the lives of those around him with his positive attitude.”

A customer panel has come together to judge those shortlisted, and winners of the six categories will be announced in January 2017.

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