Uppingham woman's commitment to health in Rutland rewarded
An Uppingham woman has been rewarded for dedicating her time to improving health services in Rutland.
Jennifer Fenelon had a long career in the health industry but has continued to champion local services during her retirement.
Most recently she was chairman of Healthwatch Rutland and has now received the Outstanding Woman in Public Services title at the East Midlands Women’s Awards.
Jennifer said: “I was absolutely thrilled to receive the award. It’s great recognition of the work of everyone involved in Healthwatch.
“It’s a very worthy cause. We need to meet the needs of an ageing population. What we need now is different to 40 years ago.
“For a small group we punch above our weight in terms of fighting for what people want from health and social care. I think we’ve been heard.”
Jennifer was nominated for the award by the Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum.
Chairman Janet Thompson said: “I am delighted that Uppingham resident and Rutland champion Jennifer Fenelon has secured this award which is truly well deserved.
“Jennifer’s contribution to the health service both during her distinguished career and since her retirement has been outstanding.”
Her latest project focuses on mental health services for young people in the county. She has applied for a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to introduce support services within schools in Rutland.
Mrs Thompson said: “Jennifer’s new project with community company Rutland First to address the mental health challenges facing the young people of Rutland is a sorely needed and vital initiative.”
The award was presented by Uppingham First director Ron Simpson. The ceremony was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Michael Kapur, BBC presenter Rupal Rajani and journalist John Coster.