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High Sheriff Dorset Gillingham special certificate
Dorset’s High Sheriff George Streatfeild, right, with Gillingham mayor Barry Von Clemens, Town Clerk Julie Hawkins, second left and volunteer Mandy Greenwood.

The High Sheriff of Dorset has presented Gillingham with a special certificate in recognition of the town’s community spirit and actions at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

Mr George Streatfeild handed over the certificate at an informal ceremony at Gillingham Town Hall on Thursday 18 March.

The recipients on behalf of the town were mayor Barry Von Clemens, Town Clerk Julie Hawkins and Mandy Greenwood, one of the volunteers who helped make sure vulnerable residents were looked after at the start of the health crisis early last year.

The certificate was awarded to recognise the ‘collective and voluntary effort of the community in supporting those most in need during the Coronavirus pandemic’.

Presenting the award Mr Streatfeild, who visited Gillingham last September and was visibly impressed by the town’s community spirit, said he was ‘delighted’ to be back in the town and to have the chance to hand the certificate over in person.

‘It’s great to be able to thank you,’ the High Sheriff told the trio.

Councillor Von Clemens said the certificate was an ‘honour’ for Gillingham and a tribute to the efforts of so many volunteers in the town over the last year.

Mandy Greenwood said: ‘It was a great team to be part of.’

More than 130 volunteers took part in the scheme during the initial lockdown to ensure that the town’s most vulnerable and isolated people were looked after, which included buying shopping and running essential errands.

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The certificate presented by Dorset’s High Sheriff George Streatfeild.
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