A tireless worker for Bridlington’s homeless people’s charity has received a citizenship award.
Kathleen Brown, chair of the Kingfisher Trust trustees which runs the Kingfisher Cafe in West Street providing food, shelter and friendship, recently stood down as chair to ill health.
When she took on the chair the cafe was struggling financially and had a low profile in the town. Thanks to her efforts it is on firm financial ground and opens extra days to provide hot meals to the homeless.
Last week she received a Citizen of Honour Award from Bridlington Town Council in recognition of what she has done for others. Kathleen was nominated for the award by Sarah Hutchinson, librarian in charge at Bridlington Central Library, and local studies libraries across the East Riding of Yorkshire.
A supporter of the work the Trust does Sarah said: “ Kathleen has done so much for the Kingfisher Trust but done it in all in the background.
She has enouraged the volunteers to work very much as a team and has developed a lot of contacts making it part of the community.” Recipients are selected at a meeting of all Councillors and decided by majority vote. Each gets a framed certificate and plaque and their name is recorded for posterity in a special book to be kept in the Town Council offices.
Nomination forms can be obtained from the town council offices in Quay Road or downloaded from the council’s website: www.bridlington.gov.uk