Newbury woman's award for 30 years service
Jackie Raleigh, aged 88, of Donnington Square, was presented with her award at the Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association annual meeting.
Mrs Raleigh said: “I took a temporary job all those years ago and I’m still here. Neighbourhood Watch is an excellent thing to have in our area.
“I have loved every single day in this position. It keeps the community together and safer.
“I won best co-ordinator in West Berkshire and I’m thrilled to bits. I never expected to win an award, but it’s nice for your voluntary work to be recognised.
“I would never have received it without the help and support of everyone around me. I’m absolutely chuffed.”
Mrs Raleigh is being encouraged to keep up the good work by her two sons and seven grandchildren, and she says she doesn’t have any plans to step down.
She added: “I shall keep going for as long as I’m needed. I love what I do and although I’m 88, I certainly don’t have any plans to stop just yet.”
The chairwoman of Newbury and Thatcham Neighbourhood Watch, Angela Money, believes Jackie is an inspiration and a role model to others.
She said: “Jackie has been dedicated all these years and every opportunity she gets, she tries to encourage people to set up new schemes. It had to go to someone who has done that extra bit and she thoroughly deserves the recognition. I am delighted for her.”