Rushmoor Community Award 2017

Meet the winners of the Rushmoor Community Award 2017.

The Rushmoor Community Award is an annual award, organised by the council, to recognise local people who have made a significant contribution to the community.

Rushmoor Community Award 2017 winners

2017 Community Award winners - Mick and Caroline Mills receiving their awards from the Mayor of Rushmoor Councillor Sophia Choudhary

Husband and wife Mick and Caroline Mills from Aldershot have been named as this year's Rushmoor Community Award winners. 

Mick and Caroline are both dedicated volunteers, giving much of their time to the community and are very involved with Scouting locally, Mick as the section leader at the 2nd Aldershot Cub pack and Caroline as section assistant. 

Caroline and Mick run weekly meetings for 30 Cubs at Manor Park, organising activities and visits plus weekend and summer camps. They also get involved with the organisation of many district events such as the Cubs 100 Camp held last year, where Cubs from across the area camped at Runways End activity centre to celebrate 100 years of the Cubs. 

Fundraising is a big part of their work and the pair organise annual events for the group including a Christmas Fayre, beer festival, cocktail party and racing evenings, which bring in more than £2,000 a year of vital funding to keep the group running.

The couple also play an active role in the Royal British Legion, Caroline as the Poppy Appeal organiser for the Aldershot branch and Mick as the secretary.

Mick and Caroline also organise regular coffee mornings for local members of the British Legion and a weekend away every year. 

Together they have helped to raise more than £40,000 a year for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and made sure that Aldershot residents can buy their poppies locally by distributing collection boxes and manning stalls during the appeal. They are also key members of the committee that arrange the annual remembrance service in Municipal Gardens, which has grown considerably over recent years thanks to their input.

Both are also involved with the Aldershot branch of the Royal Naval Association organising a number of fundraising events throughout the year.

The couple were presented with the award by the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Sophia Choudhary, at a meeting of the full Council on 22 June.

She said: "It was an honour to present Mick and Caroline with the Rushmoor Community Award for 2017 in recognition of their significant and admirable fundraising and volunteering activities over many years." 

 "As a couple, they give so much to the community of Rushmoor and are so generous with their time, supporting people of all ages and helping local young people to discover scouting and make lifelong friends. They work tirelessly to raise money for local charities and work with many local people, passing on their skills and knowledge to young people and adults alike," she added.

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