Two citizens of the year to be recognised

Buckingham gets set to honour its top citizens
Buckingham gets set to honour its top citizens

Buckingham Rotary and the Buckingham Society received a record number of nominations for this year’s Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year awards.

After spending a morning sifting through the pile of nominations, the judges simply couldn’t make up their minds between two outstanding Citizen of the Year nominees.

So they took the pragmatic decision to award two winners this year.

The first is Margo Parfitt, who led her YC2 young carers group through a huge financial crisis when their grant was cut without warning by Bucks County Council.

The second winner is Geoffrey Shaw, who energetically headed up and drove a local project to provide public­-access defibrillators and first ­responders to the local area.

To date, and with a growing band of supporters, the charity he helped establish is managing six new defibrillators – ­ four in Buckingham and one each in Little Horwood and Great Horwood. Two more are planned.

The judging panel were unanimous in awarding the Young Citizen of the Year accolade to Charlotte Rawlings.

She was nominated by The Buckingham School for her work in the Mock Trials competition organised by the Citizenship Foundation.

The runner­-up was Jeremy Goss, nominated by the Royal Latin School. Jeremy is a tennis coach who has worked with Down’s Syndrome and autistic youngsters.

President of Buckingham Rotary David Jackson said: “It was great to see more nominations this year, and I didn’t envy the judging panel in having to decide the winners.”

The four winners will receive their awards from MP John Bercow, along with prizes donated by Waitrose, outside the Old Gaol during Buckingham’s Civic Day on Saturday.