Media release - issued 14 Oct 2019

Rushmoor Community Award for two local women

Two local women who have dedicated their time to serving the people of Aldershot and Farnborough have been named as winners of the Rushmoor Community Award.

The annual award, organised by Rushmoor Borough Council, recognises local people who have made a significant contribution to the community.

This year, the winners were Stella Olivier from Farnborough and Suzanne Skippage from Ash Vale.

A former Rushmoor councillor, Stella Olivier served for more than 20 years as one of the trustees of Farnborough Community Centre, heading up the team of volunteers that managed the building before stepping down at the end of 2018. She also spent 13 years running the Age Concern Luncheon Club at the centre.

Stella also served on the local community health council and the Hampshire Youth Bureau and spent 11 years as chairman of governors at Grange Community Junior School.

Suzanne, a former teacher, volunteers for the Mustard Seed Autism Trust, is a member of the Fit Lives Team that provides community support at Farnborough Leisure Centre to both staff and users, and mentored a teenage mother at The Source Young People's Charity in Aldershot.  

Through St Peter's Church in Farnborough Suzanne also helps run a fortnightly lunch club for older people, is a deputy churchwarden and a pastoral assistant.

The two women were presented with the award by the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Sue Carter, who said: "This year the council has agreed to present the award to two people in recognition of their significant volunteering activities over many years.

"Stella and Sue have given an incredible amount of time to the community over recent years and are both very worthy recipients of the Rushmoor Community Awards 2019."

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