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Who deserves to be Westbury’s Person of the Year 2018?

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Nominations are now open for the Westbury Person of the Year award.

The competition, run by the White Horse News, will recognise a resident who has made a real contribution to the community in 2018.

It’s been an exciting year for Westbury and many individuals have worked hard to improve their town, raise money for charity or help other people. With so many people doing great things in their community, we need your help to find them.

You can nominate any person who lives or works in the Westbury area who you think has contributed to the local community. Perhaps your nominee has been involved in a local charity, helped run a sports club or offered voluntary services which have benefitted the town.  The only conditions are that the person is from Westbury or one of the surrounding villages or works in the town; and that the person has not previously won this award.

Nominations must be received by 3.00pm on Wednesday 9th January. A shortlist of nominees will be published in the next issue of White Horse News, with the winner decided by public vote.

Ian Drew, editor of White Horse News said, “This is a chance to nominate someone who deserves recognition for their outstanding contribution to Westbury over the past year or who has had a big impact on life in the town.”

The last Person of the Year award in 2017 went to  long-serving GP, Dr Debbie Beale, for caring for the patients of Westbury for 30 years and fighting strongly over the last 20 years to maintain health services in Westbury. 

Westbury’s Person of the Year 2016 went to St John Ambulance volunteer, Lily Munday, for her work in the community and her contribution to so many organisations in the town.

Erica Watson, chair of both Westbury and District League of Friends and Sensible Thinking on Patients (STOP) won 2015’s award for her role in the campaign to save Westbury’s former hospital and her fundraising for the White Horse Health Centre.

Other winners in previous years were: Sean Price, ex-town crier, Steve Lloyd, chair of Chernobyl Children’s Life Line; the late Dot Whitehead, for her role as Westbury’s Air Ambulance shop manager; funeral director, Arthur Mays who died last year and Henry Leigh, the founder of the Belarussian Ray of Hope.

Nominations can be made by emailing news@whitehorse news .co.uk  stating your name, address and contact number, with your nominee’s name and why you are nominating them. (We won’t disclose who has made the nominations). If you have contact details for your nominee, please include these.

2 Responses to Who deserves to be Westbury’s Person of the Year 2018?

  1. Karen Lowe

    January 7, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Karen Lowe
    42 The Butts
    Westbury
    01373302954
    I nominate Nick Jones
    Although he has a terminal illness, he is literally climbing mountains, to not only help his own children, when he dies, but all bereaved children.
    This man has astonishing courage and so much love to give.

  2. Sabina

    January 15, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Sabina Oaten
    33 Frogmore Road
    Westbury
    07481840497
    I nominate Jim Shaw
    I have known him since I was a child myself and he has always given 110% into his work. He deserves to be recognised and awarded on his commitment to help safe life’s 🙂

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