23 Feb 2015
An award-winning neighbour from Westerham has been praised by HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
Hazel Diner, who was named Best Neighbour in Anchor’s national Happy Living Awards, was delighted to be congratulated on her achievement by The Queen and Boris Johnson.
Mrs Diner, who lives at Anchor’s Tudor Court in Biggin Hill with her husband Michael, was celebrating her 70th birthday with family and friends on Tuesday 17 February when Anchor manager Michelle Smith presented the letters from Westminster and Buckingham Palace.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson wrote to Mrs Diner: “Congratulations on being crowned Britain’s best neighbour! If only everyone in this country had the same neighbourly spirit!”
Mrs Diner, who has lived at Tudor Court for four years, received further congratulations on her Anchor Happy Living award from The Queen after Michelle Smith wrote to her office.
A Lady in Waiting to HRH Queen Elizabeth II wrote: “The Queen wishes me to thank you for your letter in which you tell Her Majesty how much you enjoy your work as an Estate Manager for Anchor Sheltered Housing, and you tell The Queen about Mrs Hazel Diner, a very popular resident at Tudor Court.
“Her Majesty was very touched by your warm tribute to this kind lady, who plays such an important role in helping her local community, and thought it kind of you to tell her about Mrs Diner’s special birthday. Her Majesty hopes she will have a very happy day on 17th February.”
Anchor manager Michelle Smith said Mrs Diner was taken completely by surprise, and overwhelmed with emotion to read personal messages from such influential people.
Mrs Diner was named Best Neighbour because of all the events she arranges for the Tudor Court community and the positive impact these have on other tenants’ health and wellbeing.
Over 600 nominations were sent in for Anchor’s Happy Living Awards for those who live with Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit care and housing provider, and Mrs Diner was chosen as one of just seven winners from across the country.