Bob Shekyls was a much-respected local Councillor for 12 years, between 1994 and 2006, and sadly passed away a few years ago. In normal circumstances, in memory of Bob, the Residents Association invites locals to nominate young people under the age of 25 who live, go to school or work in the area, for the annual Bob Shekyls Achievement Award for Young People.
I’m sure we’re all agreed that 2020 has been a very strange year and so, with that in mind, the Biggin Hill Residents Association committee has decided that this year, the Bob Shekyls Award should be given to people in recognition of their contribution to helping our local community.
We’re therefore delighted to announce that Bob’s award will be given to the wonderful organisers of Biggin Hill’s Covid-19 Mutual Aid Team. Jo Ryan, Louise Bell, Simon Turner and Jordan Brown have all worked tirelessly to recruit and coordinate 120 local volunteers who, in turn, completed over 720 requests for shopping and collecting medication for vulnerable and shielding people in our community. You’ve done a fantastic job guys and we’re all really proud of you!
In celebration of this amazing achievement and to reflect the spirit of giving, the committee will be awarding £100 each to Biggin Hill and Oaklands Primary Schools.
2020 will be remembered in many ways and we hope this year’s award will help us recall all those simple acts of kindness that made all the difference to people’s lives.