A Kent pensioner has been shortlisted for a Best Neighbour award. Alan Mills, who lives at Anchor’s Queens Mews in Deal, was nominated by his neighbours for always going the extra mile to help.

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.

Mr Mills is thrilled to be shortlisted for the Best Neighbour Award. He said: “I am over the moon to have been nominated. It is so important to have good neighbours. I like to help others, whether it is to be there with a cup of tea and a chat or to go and help someone with odd jobs.”

Neighbour Joan Wilson, 91, who is thankful for the help Alan gives to her, said: “Alan is our treasure, so good natured and patient, even though us old ladies can be trying at times!

“Alan is always on hand to help, doing odd jobs and driving neighbours to hospital appointments or to visit old friends who are now in care homes. I am unsteady on my feet so he will come shopping with me to make sure I don’t fall.

“He helps at our weekly coffee morning and bingo, and arranges events himself like games afternoons, fish and chip lunches, quiz nights and day trips for the residents here. I don’t know what we would do without him.”

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.

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