Good Neighbour of the Year 2017

29th June 2017 | posted in News

Having received more than double the number of nominations than anyone else, Thelma Robinson was the overwhelming winner of the Railway Housing Association 2017 Good Neighbour of the Year Award.

The 88-year-old, who lives in Sayers Close, Leeds, was nominated by many of her neighbours.

They included Gloria Bromley, who said: “Whether it’s card games, flower arrangement, meals or management of the guest room, Thelma is an inspiration in everything she does and her positive engagement with life rubs off on everyone else.”

Fellow neighbour Valerie Almond said: “She is the back bone of our little community, always organising days out and entertainment.  If anybody needs helps she is always there.  She makes cakes and scones for our card game afternoons. You don’t have to wait to be invited to her home for a chat and a cuppa; she will welcome all.”

And June Lord added: “She is a lovely person who will give any help she can if needed.  She keeps our small community going, working hard and giving her time to arrange bingo, talks, music, everything. she also books day trips out and looks after the key to the guest room for which she organises the bookings making sure everything is in order for the visitor.  She deserves to be recognised for the things she does and the effort she makes.”

This year’s good neighbour was once again chosen by Railway Housing Association’s residents, through its Resident Forum and Focus Groups. 

Mrs Robinson said: “I was speechless when I discovered I was this year’s winner; it is such a great honour.

“I don’t think what I do is anything special; I just do the best I can to help my friend and neighbours.”

Mr Robinson received her trophy and a cheque for £50 at Railway Housing Association’s recent residents’ conference. This year’s good neighbour of the year competition was sponsored by Tolent Construction, the company currently building homes on behalf of Railway Housing Association in Darlington.

Anne Rowlands, Railway Housing Association Chief Executive, said: “Thelma was a very deserving winner and it’s satisfying to know there are community-minded people like her living in our homes

Peter Elliott, from Tolent Construction, said: “We were very pleased to be asked to sponsor this award for the first time this year and we would like to congratulate Thelma on her magnificent achievement.”


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