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Bourne and District Lions Group present community awards to deserving volunteers

The Lions Club of Bourne and District presented awards to deserving members of the community.

They were presented during an afternoon tea at Bourne Abbey Church Hall on Saturday as part of the Lion’s centenary celebrations.

Dot and Ted Kelby, known as Mr and Mrs Bourne, received an award for years of charity work.

Ted died in December but until then the couple raised thousands of pounds for St Barnabas Hospice.

Ted was also a councillor on Bourne Urban District Council before it became the town council. He was mayor, a magistrate, a postman for 30 years, chairman of Bourne United Charities and a Master of Ceremonies.

The couple were big supporters of the Butterfield Centre and Dot is known for her work at the post office.

A Lions spokesman said: “Over many years they have fundraised for so many charities which supported both the young and elderly in our area.”

Dot was joined by her daughter Lynette Monks to receive the award.

An award was also granted to Ann and Arthur Lightfoot for their work with Bourne Foodbank.

The couple have been involved since it started in 2013 with Arthur taking the role of chairman of trustees until he stepped down to ill health last year.

Ann was operations manager and they both helped with handing out food parcels.

The Lions said: “The majority of helpers work one or two days a month but Ann and Arthur have worked every Tuesday and Friday since it started.

“Their unselfish dedication towards the wellbeing and support of those in need 24/7 is beyond measure.”

A third couple were honoured for their work with Bloodwise, formerly known as Leukaemia Lymphoma Research.

Michael and Margaret McGregor have raised more than £100,000 by hosting an annual coffee morning.

The couple also devote time to the Friends of Butterfield, helping to support elderly people in Bourne, and are involved with the foodbank, Bourne Civic Society and Royal British Legion.

A spokesman said: “Both Margaret and Michael support many other charities and organisations around Bourne.”

The final award was the Centennial Plaque Award which went to Roadphone NRB.

The communications company was established in the 1950s by John Wand who has supported many community events.

John often gives up his time and money to help at events or provide funding and equipment.

He has supported the Santa sleigh run for more than 30 years by providing vehicles, sound equipment, insurance, fuel, lighting and Santa-tracking equipment.

The Lions said: “It’s for this ongoing generosity and unselfish support towards Bourne and District Lions and our community that makes us extremely appreciative and honoured to present John with our Centennial Plaque.”

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