The Council recognised the excellent community work of two local residents by conferring them with a Citizen of Honour award at the annual Mayor making meeting.
The Citizen of Honour awards are given by the Council every two years in recognition of long and exceptional service for their community. They receive a Citizen of Honour badge and certificate.
Sri has been active in his local community since moving to Eastleigh nearly 50 years ago. He has been a Trustee of One Community for nearly 30 years, and Chair for the past 14 years. One Community is an independent charity, supporting the voluntary and community sector in Eastleigh and providing community services to some of the Borough’s most vulnerable residents. Last year they were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - the highest award a voluntary organisation can receive. This owed a lot to Sri’s wise and diligent leadership. Sri retired as Chair and Trustee of One Community at the end of March and he receives this award in recognition of all he did during his time there.
Audrey has been volunteering and helping her local community for many years. This includes making scarves and mittens for the North Sea convoy during the Second World War and knitting clothes for new born babies at Southampton General Hospital neo-natal unit. She volunteered for the Scouts for many years and raised thousands of pounds for them. She was one of the first people to volunteer at Wells Place Centre when it opened and has worked in the kitchen for the Eastleigh Baptist Church luncheon club ever since. Audrey has visited an orphanage in Brazil twice with other members of Eastleigh Baptist Church. The first time they helped to build a playground and the second time they bought a minivan to give to the orphanage. Eastleigh Baptist Church raised fifteen thousand pounds for the orphanage and Audrey was a significant member of the fundraising team. She has recently celebrated her 90th birthday and we are delighted to present her with a Citizen of Honour award to recognise the voluntary work she has done for people in Eastleigh Borough and Brazil.
Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Darshan Mann said “I’m delighted that one of my first duties as Mayor was to bestow Citizen of Honour awards to two such deserving recipients as Audrey and Sri.”