Two honoured by Harrowby council for community work

The winners of this year's Londonthorpe and Harrowby Without Parish Council Tom Childs Memorial Awards Sue Shiel and Gary Shuck receive their certificates and prizes from Station Chief of Staff Lt Col James Galloway.
The winners of this year's Londonthorpe and Harrowby Without Parish Council Tom Childs Memorial Awards Sue Shiel and Gary Shuck receive their certificates and prizes from Station Chief of Staff Lt Col James Galloway.
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A conservationist and a good neighbour have been honoured for their community work.

Soldier Gary Shuck, who has spearheded a project to plant thousands of trees, and Sue Shiel, who keeps an eye on an elderly neighbour, received certificates at an awards ceremony.

Gary and Sue are the latest winners of the Tom Childs Memorial awards, presented annually by Londonthorpe and Harrowby Without Parish Council to two members of the parish who give their time to help the community.

The presentations were made at a lunch in the the officers’ mess at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks.

Gary, who is the station safety adviser, was recognised for his work over the last two years supporting the Woodland Trust’s planting of a Jubilee wood on a training area at the barracks. He made applications for funding and for permission to plant the 84,000 trees and he also spent time supervising helpers.

Sue Shiel, of Kenilworth Road, Grantham, served for several years in the army and is now a civilian MOD worker. She regularly helps people in the parish, including her elderly neighbour, for whom she has done shopping, cut grass and made checks.

Station Chief of Staff Lieut Col James Galloway, who made the presentations, said if there were more people like Sue and Gary willing to lend a hand this would be a better world.

The two also received a £200 donation to a charity of their choice. A donation of £200 was made to the St Barnabas Hospice in Grantham and £50 each to PDSA, the British heart Foundation, Dogs for the Blind and the Alzheimer’s Society.

The awards are made as a memorial to Tom Childs, who was the parish clerk for 29 years.