A tenant from Thomas Darby Court in North Kensington has won a Community Champion award. Yvonne Coudurier, 75, who lives at Anchor’s Thomas Darby Court on Lancaster Road, was nominated by Linda and Michael Cavanagh for always going the extra mile.

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.

Yvonne Coudurier, who has lived at Thomas Darby Court for nearly eight years, is thrilled to receive the Community Champion Award.

She said: “I am over the moon - it is so important to have a good community spirit. I like to help the community organising fun activities for everyone at Thomas Darby Court and the wider local community to get involved in.”

Neighbour Linda Cavanagh, who is thankful for all the work Yvonne does, said: “Yvonne is a very good neighbour and indeed a community champion.

“Yvonne set up a regular film night at Thomas Darby Court, and puts on a dinner party every month. She also does a Christmas meal and special teas for people’s birthdays or other big occasions; Yvonne is a real whizz kid in the kitchen.

“Everyone at Thomas Darby Court looks forward to and enjoys these events, but Yvonne also invites the wider community and makes sure everyone feels welcome.

“As well as giving us all a chance to socialise, Yvonne raises money for charity through the little activities she organises – she really has a heart of gold.”

Michael Cavanagh commented: “For years, Yvonne has arranged a holiday to the Isle of Wight that anyone in the local area can join in with. She drives us there and back in the minibus, and always manages to get the best prices.

“Yvonne also plays a part in the wider community in Ladbroke Grove, such as her work with the St Francis church Hand in Hand group helping older or less able people to get out and about.

“We are very lucky to have Yvonne; she is a wonderful neighbour and friend to us all, and does so much to create the lovely community atmosphere we have at Thomas Darby Court.”

Congratulations Yvonne!

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