Unsung community heroes

PUBLISHED: 02:01 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 June 2010

A WOODBURY volunteer driver has been honoured by the County Council for helping her fellow pensioners. Hylda Langley, 82, of Sanctuary Lane, Woodbury, was amongst the winners of Devon County Council's Community Transport Volunteer Awards - and was honour

A WOODBURY volunteer driver has been honoured by the County Council for helping her fellow pensioners. Hylda Langley, 82, of Sanctuary Lane, Woodbury, was amongst the winners of Devon County Council's Community Transport Volunteer Awards - and was honoured at a civic reception.The Community Transport Awards are designed to recognise the achievements of the unsung heroes and heroines who have made significant, individual contributions to community transport in their areas.The 12 successful nominees, together with those who nominated them and a guest, were invited to the reception by the Chairman of the County Council to celebrate the important and valuable work carried out by the army of community transport volunteers across the county.Hylda, a committee member for Friends of Woodbury Surgery, was nominated by fellow member Nita Goffron.Nita said: "We would like to nominate Hylda Langley for an award this year. She joined the 'Friend"s' shortly after its inception and has given at least 13 years of service to our organisation. "Her eagerness to help others, willingness as a committee member and organisation of petty cash funds has helped the co-coordinator enormously over the years."Hylda has recently retired from service. I feel that her nomination would be a fitting vote of thanks for all her hard work and dedication over the last 13 years."Hylda, who has lived in Woodbury for 48 years ran boarding kennels before she retired, and said: "I really enjoyed doing it , and I only gave it up two years ago after my husband died and it became a bit difficult."I was on the (Friends) committee and I would do their books, but I wanted to do a bit more for the elderly in the area. "I did it out of kindness. The buses in Woodbury really aren't very good and the volunteer drivers are a real godsend."When I heard I was to be awarded I was absolutely shocked. I don't feel I did anything out of the ordinary, and to be honest I don't really feel as though I deserve it."The Volunteer of the Year is Les Ellis for his service to Culm Voluntary Car Scheme.

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