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Go Gill!

We love hearing good news

stories from the communities

in which we work, and we

were delighted that our

resident Gill Leverton-Taylor

recently won an award for

lending a helping hand to her


Gill secured the

Good Friend,

Good Neighbour

award at

Blaby District Council’s

Outstanding Achievements

ceremony, held at the Marriott

Hotel in Leicester in


Although a quiet person, Gill

works tirelessly in the village of

Stoney Stanton where she

lives, supporting her friends

and neighbours.

Whether it is an overgrown

garden that needs clearing, a

kitchen that needs cleaning

while someone is in hospital,

or making soup for others

Gill receiving her Good Friend,

Good Neighbour award

when it is cold, Gill is there for

people who need her. Many

describe her as an “inspiration”

and as embodying the

community spirit of the village.

Marilyn Stocks nominated Gill

for the award. She said:

“Anyone who knows Gill

knows that she works

relentlessly and goes above

and beyond what is asked

of her. Her kindness to

everyone is overwhelming.

She is a wonderful, caring

person who quietly offers

support to all.”

Since her award, Gill has

been interviewed by BBC Radio

Leicester and BBC Radio

Nottingham, and has received

congratulations from public

figures including Alberto Costa,

the MP for South Leicestershire.

When asked why she cares for

others, Gill said:

“I don’t go

looking for it, I just

understand and recognise

what help people need as I’ve

done it for so many years

through other voluntary work.

I have such good friends and

lovely neighbours so this

award is as much for them as

it is for me.”

“It was such a shock as I

wasn’t expecting to be

nominated, let alone

win. I still feel quite

emotional, particularly

when I remember the

letter from my MP which

made me smile all day.”