Nov 20 2012 By Lis Lambertsen
A CROSBY woman has been honoured for her tireless work to improve the quality of the lives of older people in the town.
Jean Kerrigan MBE, a volunteer with Age Concern Crosby, has become the second recipient of the Sefton CVS Community Award which was launched last year.
This award is designed to recognise an individual who has given ‘outstanding and selfless service to the voluntary sector and the wider community in the borough’.
Miss Kerrigan is celebrating half a century of volunteering with Age Concern Crosby this year. Her involvement with the organisation dates back to 1962 when the organisation was still known as Crosby Old People’s Welfare Committee.
Over the past 50 years, she has played a key role in providing a wide range of support for local older people including the charity’s visiting service, volunteer drivers and luncheon clubs and other social activities.
She is particularly proud of the holiday schemes which provide much-needed breaks for older people and respite for their families and carers.
Miss Kerrigan received her award from the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Kevin Cluskey, at Sefton CVS’s recent AGM at the Salvation Army’s new community facility on Shakespeare Street in Southport.
Cllr Cluskey said that Sefton was fortunate in having so many enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers, but that Miss Kerrigan’s achievements were remarkable, even by the borough’s very high standards.
Sefton CVS Chief Executive, Angela White, commented: “Miss Kerrigan’s record of community service is outstanding which is why we were delighted to present her with this award.
“Over the past 50 years she has been a powerful voice for the needs of older people in Crosby, and helped to improve the lives of thousands of local residents. She should be very proud of her achievements.”