Brockenhurst villagers honoured with Citizen of the Year awards
THREE Brockenhurst villagers who went the extra mile in 2020 have been honoured – alongside a recently departed and much-loved GP.
Joyce Kolaczkowski, Elaine Chester and Jane Overall were each honoured with Citizen of the Year awards for work they have done in the community since the outbreak of coronavirus.
They were handed their accolades at special socially distanced individual ceremonies by the award judges.
Joyce was hailed for starting up volunteer group Brockcare, based at St Saviour’s Church, which has 120-plus members and helps older and vulnerable people as well as visiting those who are ill.
Also awarded for her efforts was Elaine, who organised a series of virtual events at the village hall to keep volunteers and users engaged and helped set up Care Car, which offers patients transport to medical appointments.
Jane set up a food service and kitchen in the village hall during Covid-19, helping those in need by distributing food donated by supermarkets and cooking nutritious meals to be distributed by herself and volunteers, including baking over 100 cakes in one week.
The judges also honoured Dr Derek Browne, who died in December, for his tireless work for Brockenhurst as a village GP for several decades and as president of the Friends of Brockenhurst.
He spearheaded the campaign to build a village hall and buy the land, most notably through a series of marathons in the 1980s. Dr Browne also kickstarted the Healthy Village Project, which was replicated around the world and supported by the World Health Organisation.