The Kind Neighbour of the Year Award is awarded to an individual who has made a difference within their neighbourhood by looking out for others or helping them during times of need.

Councillor Suzanne Britton said “The Kind Neighbour Award seeks to recognise the unsung heroes in our town who provide a helping hand to others. There are many such people in Stowmarket who act selflessly to support the people who live around them by running errands for their neighbours, looking in on the elderly and infirm, and championing local issues. However, because such people seldom seek the limelight, we need help in identifying who they are. So if you have a kind neighbour, we would be delighted to receive a nomination from you, so that we can say ‘thank you’ on behalf of the town and the local community”.

This year’s award is Sponsored by New Life Family Church. They said “New Life family church are delighted to sponsor the Kind Neighbour of the Year Award & be able to honor those who have made a difference to the people around them by looking out for them & helping them in times of need. At New life family Church we see the importance of community & having a positive impact on those around you. Over 23 years New life family church has reached out into the community bringing help & support – with something for everyone. Our motto is to show Gods love in real ways people can see, feel & touch. We have New life care which helps people in their homes & gardens, #LoveStowmarket which has been showing Gods love through community projects, for the young people of the area we have Youthbase, Ignite, kids church & Rhyme time. We also have coffee connections, run lunch clubs & manage the Stowmarket foodbank, providing crisis support for people in need. New Life family church & it’s projects are all about helping & supporting others & that’s why we are so pleased to get involved with the Stowmarket town awards recognizing the good work & support that goes on in our town.”

For more information on nominating your Kind Neighbour of the Year see our website: www.stowmarket.org/launch-event/

This video features our previous 2016/17 winner Thelma Tester.