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Council celebrates success at Community Inspiration Awards

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A school crossing patrol with 45 years of service was one of several Dudley Council employees and volunteers recognised at the Community Inspiration Awards.

Delia Mills was named as the winner of the public services category at the awards, which recognise outstanding contributions made by the public sector and members of the community, in a ceremony on Tuesday.

The judges paid tribute to Delia’s loyal service, during which she has shared valuable road safety skills with three generations of school pupils.

It was also a successful night for Dudley’s COVID-19 response team, who were announced as the first runner-up in the public services category for their community outreach during the pandemic.

The council’s road safety team finished as second runner-up in the sports category for their work on the Bikeability programme, which teaches cyclists of all ages how to use the road safely.

Kevin O'Keefe, chief executive of Dudley Council, said:

I’m delighted that we have been successful at the Community Inspiration Awards. Our recognition is testament to the dedication of our employees and volunteers and I was honoured to be part of the ceremony to see them receive their awards in person.
I would particularly like to congratulate Delia Mills on her award. This is her sapphire anniversary with the school crossing patrol team and her service to the community has been outstanding.

The legacy of one of Gornal’s most dedicated volunteers was also commemorated at the awards ceremony in Birmingham.

Paul Greenaway, who sadly passed away in December 2021, was announced as the winner of the environmental champion category, which celebrates those who have made a positive impact upon their local environment.

A keen nature lover, Paul was chair of the Ellowes Hall Tenants and Residents Association, vice-chair of the Friends of Abbey Street Park group, and a member of Dudley’s local access forum, which advises on access to the great outdoors in the borough.

Christine Bate, secretary of the Friends of Abbey Street Park, said:

We decided to put Paul’s name forward for the environment category to honour all of the time and dedication that he gave to our park and the wider community as a volunteer.
He was passionate about making Gornal a better place and it was a privilege to work alongside him. This award is a wonderful tribute.

Paul’s family were present at the ceremony to accept his award from the council’s chief executive.

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