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2nd Jul, 2022

Why the High Sheriff paid a visit to Worcester's Monday Night Club

Rob George 31st Mar, 2022

HIGH Sheriff of Worcestershire Richard Amphlett was on hand to honour Worcestershire volunteers for their work during this past year.

The recipients volunteer for the Monday Night Club, a charity which provides social activities for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

It was founded in 2011 by Laura Gill, who has a learning disability and autism herself, so she could meet her friends and have some fun.

The High Sheriff Awards recognise ‘great and valuable services to the community’ and the appreciation of the residents and people of our county for enhancing the life of the community.

Joanne Gatford and Kevin Dowding received their awards at the Monday Night Club disco at the Royal Porcelain Works in Worcester.

The recipients are both member volunteers, but have not let their learning disability hold them back.

Helen Gill, CEO of the charity, said: “Everyone has been anxious about getting out into the world again after the pandemic, and Joanne and Kevin make the experience of coming back to the club a familiar and enjoyable one. Joanne welcomes everyone at the door and Kevin helps to get the room ready for the various evening activities, and volunteers at the football club training sessions.”

The High Sheriff also presented an award to Helen Gill.

“It is an honour to present these awards to the volunteers of the Monday Night Club and to Helen whose efforts make everything happen,” he said.

“The fantastic dedication and work that people give to support others, in worthwhile organisations such as this, are a fundamental part of what makes our communities in Worcestershire so special”

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