Contributions to heritage, environment, and health were among those recognised at the Mayor of Bromley awards.

The youngest recipient, 11-year-old Betsi, was one of ten stars being honoured for her inspirational efforts during her battle against cancer.

Volunteering efforts from across the borough were lauded at this year’s awards, which have been held annually in Bromley for over 30 years. Betsi Powley was one star recognised for her fundraising efforts after her incredible journey following her diagnosis with cancer, which she eventually overcame including through chemotherapy, with thousands following as she shared her experiences online, inspiring many, including others in their fight against cancer. Betsi has now designed and fundraised for a range of adaptive pyjamas for children in hospitals, which are made to better meet their needs.

Further contributions this year include from Katrina O’Leary, a local campaigner for Changing Places toilets who has worked with the council to see six new facilities introduced across the borough to support residents with complex disabilities. John Bruce was recognised for contributions to various organisations like Bromley Children and Families Forum and Bromley Rotary, as was Gary Valentine, who assists a number of local causes and founded The MumMum Foundation, one of the Mayor’s charities this year, supporting families dealing with cancer.

The Mayor of Bromley Councillor Mike Botting said: “These volunteers are heroes of our community and I am so pleased that we can show our recognition in this way for all they do. Ceremonies like these highlight what really makes a difference to so many residents, providing important support for a host of worthy causes. The work of those recognised this year, and all the great efforts in Bromley’s wider network of volunteers, adds so much to our amazing borough and makes Bromley such a special place to live.”

Following many welcome nominations from Bromley’s voluntary sector, the ten award winners were especially chosen by the Mayor, with awards presented in person by the Mayor at the Civic Centre on Thursday 7 March.

Tony Banfield was awarded for over 40 years of contributions to heritage in Bromley, including as Chair of Bromley Civic Society. Dr Judy John was recognised for her extensive work in support of Bromley’s biodiversity.

David Vallade was acknowledged for his commitment to Crystal Palace Park, including as Chair of the park’s Friends group. Eddie Green was awarded for efforts in support of the Mottingham community, including establishing a weekly community lunch.

Margaret Wilmot was awarded for dedicated service to St. George's RAF Chapel in Biggin Hill. Barbara Arora was also recognised for her role in establishing and supporting the Friends of Chislehurst and Walden Recreation Grounds.


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Published: 13th March 2024