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Sprowston woman receives good friend award

PUBLISHED: 09:25 16 November 2011

Helen Davies and her cat Ruudie celebrate her Wherry Good Friend award.
Photo by Simon Finlay

Helen Davies and her cat Ruudie celebrate her Wherry Good Friend award. Photo by Simon Finlay

Archant © 2011 01603 772434

A Sprowston woman who puts others before herself has been recognised and rewarded for her hard work in the community.

Helen Davies, 44, scooped the Wherry Good Friend Award for being a caring neighbour.

More than 100 people attended the ceremony at Wensum Valley Hotel, in Taverham, on October 27.

Ms Davies, who lives in Sprowston, said: “It’s unbelievable. I was nominated by my neighbour, Pat Howard, I knew nothing about it. Every year I raise money for charity – this year it was Have a Heart. I held an event in March and we had cake and book stalls and bric-a-brac. We also collected more than 150 raffle prizes from local businesses.”

However, days before the fundraiser, she suffered from a 
fall and chipped her teeth and fractured her pelvis. Determined not to let anyone down, Ms Davies held the charity event despite being in agony. She said: “I didn’t see a doctor at first because I thought they would keep me in hospital. It was painful at the time and still is.”

She also held a two-day event to celebrate the Royal Wedding in April this year which raised money.

Ms Davies, who lives with her cats Ruudie and Scooby, won a medal, certificate and shopping vouchers.

“From how my neighbour was behaving I had an inclination that I had been nominated. I was shocked to win,” she said.

Despite having other health issues, Ms Davies also cares for her neighbour and makes her 
hot meals. She said: “I have got another neighbour with learning difficulties who I try and support as much as I can. I will always let her know if I am making a roast and will make one for her too.

“It is good to be able to give something back.”

Do you know about an unsung hero in your community? Contact Evening News reporter Lucy Wright on 01603 772495 or email lucy.wright@archant.co.uk

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