A devoted and caring pensioner said she was “gobsmacked” to be voted Southwark’s Neighbour of the Year.
As chair of the Elmington Estate Tenants’ and Residents’ Association (TRA) in Camberwell Val Fenn organises a fun day every year and, according to her neighbours, she “always goes the extra mile” to be there for those in need.
Jean Ann Bates who has been Val’s neighbour for 30 years, nominated her for the Housing Heroes award.
“She always goes the extra mile. People knock on her door for advice, and she always knows how best to guide them. “To sum her up, she is caring, patient and very helpful, kind and understanding. She doesn’t think of herself,” said Jean.
Speaking to the News, Val said she was “absolutely gobsmacked” when she found out she had been voted Neighbour of the Year.
“I honestly didn’t expect it but I’m so grateful and I just want to thank everyone who nominated me,” said Val. “I do it to help other people, it’s really worthwhile.” Kapree Robinson was voted Young Community Hero and a lifetime achievement award went to Christine Parsons, chair of Crosby, Lockyer and Hamilton TRA.