Lympstone woman receives community transport award

PUBLISHED: 13:53 27 May 2016

Gillian Hipkins receiving her award from County Council chairman councillor Andrew Moulding

Gillian Hipkins receiving her award from County Council chairman councillor Andrew Moulding

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A Lympstone woman has been named Devon’s community transport enabler of the year at an awards ceremony.

Gilliam Hipkins, from Friends of Underhill Surgery Car Scheme, received the award was her administrative work.

The volunteer group was set up 13 years ago to provide patients with transport for hospital or surgery appointments.

At the awards, held at County Hall, Exeter, she was described as a “compassionate and dedicated administrator” who goes “above and beyond to provide excellent service.”

Gillian said: “I feel very honoured and privileged. I never expected it. I just love being active. It’s a scheme you need to be dedicated to, and I love it.”

Gillian was one of three people to receive awards for being volunteer enablers.

She was nominated for the award by Julia Tolman-May, Richard Francis, Melanie Mock and Doreen Flowers.

Julia said: “Gillian really is the most compassionate and dedicated administrator.

“Villagers know they can trust Gillian and if she says she’ll arrange transport for them, then no need to worry, she will.

“She is a great communicator who keeps the surgery, ‘Friends committee’, drivers and patients well informed and updated with necessary information.”

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