- Notts Woman Honoured For Lifelong Dedication to Those With Learning Disabilities
Notts Woman Honoured For Lifelong Dedication to Those With Learning Disabilities
Karen worked as part of the Broxtowe Community Learning Disability Team for over 30 years, supporting adults and children with learning disabilities within Broxtowe.
She was also instrumental in establishing the Stapleford Getaway Club in 1991, which she still co-ordinates to this day. The club supports over 40 members who have a variety of physical and learning disabilities, and mental health difficulties. The club brings together different generations of the community, from the youngest member at 18 to the oldest member at 75. The club does more than just offer those with disabilities the space for social activities – it enables users the chance to develop and strengthen their social skills and be actively involved within the local community.
Karen joins a number of other local individuals who were admitted as Honorary Freemen last month, including:
- Kenneth Storer, a 96 year old affectionately known as ‘Mr Sunshine’ by staff and patients at the QMC who has taken a daily bus and a tram to the hospital to deliver donated paper and supplies to the wards for the children to use for activities to keep them entertained during their stay for over 15 years.
- World-renowned scientist, Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff who has supported the preservation of history and future development of Beeston over a 40 year period.
- Dr David Nunn, from Kimberley, whose tireless work to ensure that all of Nottinghamshire’s war dead were remembered has helped result in a new war memorial for Nottinghamshire and brought comfort and closure to communities across the County.
- David Bingham, an entrepreneur who has been a driving force in creating opportunities for jobs, businesses and economic growth in Broxtowe Borough following the closure of Moorgreen Pit.
- Community First Responder, Derek Burnett BEM, from Nuthall. Amongst his First Responding work, Derek has dedicated many years to supporting vulnerable people to live a better quality of life through his many and various volunteer positions.
- Gillian Bourne, an 86 year old from Stapleford, who has ensured the continued success of scouting over more than 45 years, providing vital support and development opportunities to young people in Broxtowe.
Former Borough Councillor, Ken Rigby was also made an Alderman of the Council.
Broxtowe Borough Council is able to bestow the award of Honorary Alderman, Freeman of the Borough and Freedom of Entry on individuals who have made a significant contribution to the community.
The titles of Honorary Alderman, Freeman and Freedom of Entry are the highest honours that this Council can bestow. This capability was granted to the Council when it received borough status in 1977.