Three Barking and Dagenham residents given the freedom of the borough
PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 September 2018
Three residents from Barking and Dagenham have received an Honorary Freedom of the Borough, the highest honour a council can give.
Emdad Rahman and Joyce Rushbrook were given their award for their service to the community, while Evelyn Karstadt received hers for the volunteering contributions she’s made.
The honours were given by council leader Darren Rodwell and mayor Sanchia Alasia at a ceremony in Eastbury Manor House last week.
Councillor Alasia said: “I am absolutely delighted to see Emdad, Evelyn and Joyce receiving the Freedom of the Borough, and I can’t think of three more deserving people.
“Their dedication to helping others is quite exceptional, and all three of them should be an inspiration to people everywhere. I would like to personally thank them for all their good work.”
Mr Rahman, who’s lived in the borough for 11 years, carried the torch for the 2012 Paralympic Games, volunteered for the Barking and Dagenham talking newspaper, and came runner-up in the borough’s Peace Week Awards.
His charity work includes being a co-ordinator for a soup kitchen and working with refugees at Care4Calais.
Ms Rushbrook, born in Dagenham in 1933, was a founding member of Barking and Dagenham Mencap, a club for adults with learning difficulties which has been running for 33 years.
The club has represented the borough in bowls, darts, ten-pin bowling and snooker competitions.
Ms Karstadt, who is 90-years-old, has been volunteering in the borough for 22 years. She’s worked in the library service, Barking Hospital’s tea room, and she now runs a Thursday coffee morning at Barking Learning Centre.