With video: Community spirited Janet is first heroes award winner

25 April 2018

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A pensioner who has been a community champion in her local neighbourhood while battling cancer is the first recipient of a new award. Watch the video: https://youtu.be/PldTquFmVXA

Nottinghamshire County Council recently launched its search for the Chairman’s Community Heroes, in order to celebrate and recognise the efforts of unsung community heroes who do outstanding work in their local area.

Nottinghamshire County Council Chairman Councillor John Handley has assessed the first nominations and selected 68-year-old Janet Enever, who he says often goes beyond the call of duty to help others.

Janet, from Broad Lane, Brinsley, is in remission after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer around four years ago, but her illness did not stop her from helping others.

Councillor Handley said: “I’d firstly like to congratulate the first nominees of our community heroes awards. The standard of entry was extremely high and it was difficult to choose an overall winner as there were so many fantastic achievements.

“Janet Enever deserves recognition for everything that she does in her local community. She goes above and beyond to help anyone. Nothing is too much trouble for her to help where she can.

“The standard of entries that we have received reinforces that as a county we are very fortunate with the quality of volunteers we have.”

Every Christmas, Janet organises a meal for around 150 elderly and disabled residents in Brinsley, and she has fundraised for Nottingham City Hospital and the Queen’s Medical Centre. She will help people to fill in forms such as for benefits, and will accompany people to disability tribunals. The help she gives others is almost endless and these listed give a small flavour of her efforts.

Janet, a mother of two and grandmother to four children, paid tribute to her husband Brian who she says encourages her in all that she does to help others.

Janet said: “I am over the moon to receive this award. I just want to help others and have done all my life. If I can do something that makes someone else’s day easier then I will always try to assist.”

Janet was nominated by Lauren Sisson, who lives in Church Walk, Brinsley, and wrote: “Janet goes above and beyond to help anyone, no matter what, even if it is just to get her neighbour some milk from the shop when the weather is bad.

“She is there if you want to talk about anything and is always helping different charities to raise money, even when she was very ill with cancer, she never stopped helping others. People realise and see what she does for them and it would make my day if she got an award for all the hard work she has done. Everyone goes to Janet for her help or for her guidance – this woman is remarkable!”

Nottinghamshire County Council is still looking for community heroes. Some ideas for nominees are those who help vulnerable people with shopping, or providing a lift to a medical appointment, supporting young people in their community, or leading a local community project which has made a difference to people’s lives.

Every two months, the Chairman of the County Council will select one person who they believe deserves an extra special thank you and will meet and receive the Chairman’s Award.

The nominations criteria is as follows:

  • Nominees must live in the county
  • Nominees must work or volunteer within the county
  • Nominations should not be party political
  • Nominees and those nominating would feature in awards’ publicity

The awards will be reviewed on a monthly basis by the Chairman of the County Council and the Chairman’s award will be presented on a monthly basis to an individual nominated for the award.

To nominate someone, please visit: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/nottscommunityheroes #nottsheroes on Twitter.

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