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Couple take title of Honoured Citizen of the Year

Published on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A COUPLE who have been community volunteers in Leicester for 40 years have won the title of Honoured Citizen of the Year 2017/18.

 

Janet and Peter Robinson were awarded the top title by Leicester Lord Mayor Cllr Rashmikant Joshi at a ceremony in the Town Hall on Tuesday, April 24.

 

The couple run a weekly community group called the Friendship Group, at Pork Pie Library, where older people can meet to enjoy different activities and hear guest speakers, and also run regular lunch clubs.

 

They also arrange community events and fetes, along with weekend trips for people with disabilities.

 

Janet works helping dementia sufferers in local hospitals, while Peter works at Leicester University.

 

Lord Mayor Cllr Joshi said: “I am very pleased to award the title of Honoured Citizen of the Year to Janet and Peter Robinson, who are responsible for the longest-running voluntary group for older people in the city.

 

“They are a real credit their community, and have brought care and happiness to a great many people.”

 

Janet Robinson added: “We are very honoured to have won it, because there were lots of really good candidates.

 

“We hope that it will emphasise that what we do is much needed in the community. It is very important work.

 

“I work with dementia patients at hospital, and the voluntary work we do hopefully prevents people from becoming my patients, because the more emotional and mental stimulus they get, the better.”

 

The couple, who live in Aylestone Lane, were nominated by Eyres Monsell ward councillor Virginia Cleaver.

 

She said: “I am thoroughly delighted for both Peter and Janet. The warmth, and friendly, supportive nature of this couple is extraordinary.”

 

Fellow ward councillor Elaine Pantling added: “They are much-loved members of the community, and are worthy recipients of this award.”

 

Other nominees for the award included long-serving NHS occupational therapist Andrew Gardiner, for his community and voluntary work; landlord and landlady of the Black Horse Pub in Aylestone, Alan and Sarah Merryweather, who have transformed the declining pub and made it central to their community; Peter Smith from Voluntary Action Leicester for his work to help people from diverse cultural backgrounds, ex-prisoners and people with mental health problems to find work; and couple Lesley Hammond and Rick Whiting, who open their Stoneygate home to visitors as part of the annual Art House event, and raise money for local charities from refreshments and hosting live entertainment.