Community hero shortlisted for award
Brierley Hill superhero Derek Hingley has been shortlisted in the top three nominees at the regional 2015 Outstanding Citizen Award.
Mr Hingley, nominated by housing manager Kelly Callo, has been commended for his kind and supportive attitude towards his community and fellow residents.
Derek is a well known and respected resident of Honister Close, where many residents are either elderly or disabled. Mr Hingley has devoted much of his time to helping these residents.
Originally a Dudley council house tenant, Mr Hingley went on to buying the property but refused to abandon his role within the community, taking fellow citizens to hospital and GP appointments.
As well as helping with transport, Mr Hingley is more than willing to help around the community by keeping up with gardening, helping other tenants with shopping and being a staple member of his community.
He has also supported tenants during times of bereavement and has given advice to other tenants towards reapplying for housing.
Kelly Callo, housing manager at Dudley Council said:
“I nominated Mr Hingley as during numerous visits over the years at Honister Close, all residents have commented about his helpful and supportive nature.
“Some of the residents in Honister Close have commented and how they could not manage without Derek’s help. Both Derek and his wife are people that residents turn to in the first instance.”
Cllr Gaye Partridge, Elected member for Cradley and Wollescote, said:
“As a community council we are supremely proud of Derek’s work and commitment to his neighborhood throughout his entire life. Being shortlisted in the top three nominees is a real commendation to his work.
“Its’ lovely to see so many of our tenants going the extra mile to help their community and other tenants, Derek is one of many great examples. We wish him all the best in the competition and at the ceremony.”
The 2015 Outstanding Citizen Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 30th June at the Midland Arts Centre, beginning at 6.30pm.