Honour received by charitable Ian

Charity fundraiser Ian Burdekin being awarded his Citizen of Honour Award by Bridlington town councillors
Charity fundraiser Ian Burdekin being awarded his Citizen of Honour Award by Bridlington town councillors

A Bridlington man who has raised more than £25,000 for charity has been awarded a Citizen of Honour Award.

Ian Burdekin, 49, of Easton Road, received the honour at the Bridlington town council meeting held in March for his endless charitable efforts.

Since 1997 Mr Burdekin has undertaken dozens of charity swims in aid of various Bridlington and surrounding area charities and causes including Candlelighters, Children in Need, East Riding Sports Association, Bridlington Lions Club, RSPCA Local Branches, Bridlington PDSA and Mencap.

Ian said: “I cannot believe it. It was a real surprise and I’m honoured to receive the award. I like to help people and it gives me a lot of enjoyment.

“I’d like to thank Eileen Sunderland from the Bridlington Lions for nominating me and to everyone else for thinking I deserved the award.”

Ian has raised the more than £25,000 while being a full-time carer for his partner and still plays a role for a number of Bridlington charities.

When not busy undertaking sponsored swims Ian is fund raising with raffles, tombola’s and donating hampers to the RSPCA and the food bank in Bridlington.

Mayor of Bridlington Coun John Copsey, said: “Ian is a really amazing guy and is definitely a worthy recipient of this award.

“It was a unaminous decision in the end and it was an honour to present him with the plaque and certificate on behalf of the town.

“He is an incredible chap who has done fantastically over the years and the award is a thank you from the Bridlington Town Council in recognition of all the things he has done and continues to do for others in Bridlington and the local area.”

His hard work was acknowledged in 2013 when he was awarded a British Empire Medal for his fundraising at Buckingham Palace.