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Heroic Sossy receives award for saving life




A special award was presented to Sossy, a 6-year-old Wirehaired Hungarian Viszla Photo: Lee Hellwing
A special award was presented to Sossy, a 6-year-old Wirehaired Hungarian Viszla Photo: Lee Hellwing

A family pet was one of five recent recipients of a community award handed out by a local parish council.

Sossy, a 6-year-old Wirehaired Hungarian Viszla, received a Make a Difference award after helping save the life of a person who had fallen ill.

The awards were handed out at the annual Deeping St James Parish meeting on May 8 at The Deepings School.

Andrew Bowell, chairman of Deeping St James parish council Photo: Lee Hellwing
Andrew Bowell, chairman of Deeping St James parish council Photo: Lee Hellwing

The event was attended by more than 130 people including the chair of South Kesteven District Council Coun Bob Sampson (Ind), the chair of Lincolnshire County Council Coun Andrew Hagues (Con) as well as parish district and county councillors representing Deeping St James and neighbouring parishes.

The awards ceremony was attended by more than 130 people Photo: Lee Hellwing
The awards ceremony was attended by more than 130 people Photo: Lee Hellwing

The awards have been held annually for the last 10 years and categories include community group, citizen, young person and individual.

A fifth “special award” was added this year for Sossy following her heroic actions.

While on a walk with her owner Clive Hankers, Sossy alerted him to a person who had taken ill in a secluded spot.

Thanks to her persistence, the person was able to receive medical attention and make a recovery.

Winners of citizens award, Bob Parmenter and Betty Fenech Photo: Lee Hellwing
Winners of citizens award, Bob Parmenter and Betty Fenech Photo: Lee Hellwing

Others to receive awards were The Deepings Forget Me Not Club, for making a massive difference in the lives of many Deepings pensioners; Bob Parmenter and Betty Fenech, who work tirelessly as administrators to Age Concern Deeping, in the citizen category; Harriet Spriggs in the young person category for her Coast to Coast charity fundraising cycle last year; and David Blessettin in the individual category for his work and dedication at The Deepings School as site manager.

Winners of community group award, The Deepings Forget Me Not Club Photos: Lee Hellwing
Winners of community group award, The Deepings Forget Me Not Club Photos: Lee Hellwing


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