Lancashire County Council continued its commitment to the Armed Forces by presenting a special trophy to Dig In North West to recognise its community work.
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The gardening team, made up of military personnel was honoured with the Tom Davies Trophy as part of a special event at County Hall hosted by the council’s Armed Forces Champion, Alf Clempson, which brought together Lancashire’s Armed Forces community.
Alf, who served in the Scots Guards for 24 years, said: “I am delighted this outstanding local charity have been recognised in this way. They carry out vital work within the community with amazing results. I have come across people who have benefited from their work, who told me that their lives have been turned around as a result.”
The trophy is presented annually to the group, charity or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the armed forces community in Lancashire.
Tom Davies served in the Scots Guards until 1967 and then joined the police. He was secretary and treasurer of the Scots Guards’ Association in Lancashire. He was Preston’s Parade Marshal and sat on the Veterans Council. He was also involved with Preston Sea Cadets.
At the event, people also heard about the successful covenant bid, and the county council’s Ex-Armed Forces Mentor Scheme, which has been running for five years. The scheme puts armed forces veterans on a year-long course to gain qualifications, while mentoring young people in the county’s schools.
Find out more about Dig In North West on their website - www.diginnorthwest.org