A BALSALL Common pensioner, who has worked tirelessly to support residents in his village, has scooped a prestigious community hero award.
Cedric Lea has been named the ‘Outstanding Citizen’ of 2015 in an awards scheme organised by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
Cedric, who is a much respected local volunteer, was presented with his award at a ceremony held at the Midlands Arts Centre.
The pensioner has been instrumental in setting up a unique service which updates residents on local issues and shares villagers’ concerns with the council and police.
Cedric selflessly dedicates his time to the residents of Balsall Common.
He and a group of volunteers give up their free time and support the entire community.
Although he is now in his 70s, he is also treasurer of local community magazine, ‘The Bugle,’ a member of the residents association, helps to set up neighbourhood watch schemes and is an active participant in the local school.
Commenting on the accolade, Cedric said: “I am so surprised and delighted to receive this award. It really is such an honour and it means a great deal to be recognised by the Commissioner.”
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, who launched the search for community heroes back in January, said: “I am absolutely delighted to recognise Cedric’s achievements and his dedication to voluntary work in Balsall Common.
“It is people like this who make our communities safer and happier places to live and work.
“I have personally been overwhelmed by the quality of nominations received this year. There have many accounts of selfless devotion and acts of bravery. What shines through is the fact that here in the West Midlands we have a great many kind and good-hearted people who are willing to put themselves out and help their neighbours.”