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Barking and Dagenham charity workers recognised at award ceremony

PUBLISHED: 10:12 11 June 2012

Help: Volunteers receive their certificates with DABD volunteer co-ordinator Chris Simpson, second from right, and right Gascoigne ward Cllr Dominic Twomey

Help: Volunteers receive their certificates with DABD volunteer co-ordinator Chris Simpson, second from right, and right Gascoigne ward Cllr Dominic Twomey

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Unsung heroes helping disabled people were recognised at an award ceremony coinciding with Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The volunteers assist wheelchair users and other people with disabilities on behalf of the DABD charity in Dagenham, formerly the Disablement Association of Barking and Dagenham.

Jeff Archer, who has given his time for the charity for more than four decades, was presented a Henry Cooper award paying tribute to a dedicated DABD volunteer from Chadwell Heath who died in 2010.

DABD chief executive Lesley Hawes said: “Volunteers play an essential role within the community and their hard work is invaluable.

“We are also pleased to be able to present the Henry Cooper award for the first time.

“Each year we will be presenting this award to an outstanding volunteer who gives so much of their time to help others, just like Henry himself did for so many years.”

The ceremony took place at Dagenham and Redbridge FC in Victoria Road, Dagenham, on June 1.


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