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Burston resident picks up Don Swanton award for acts of kindness in her community

A Burston woman who is always happy to help has been honoured with an award for services to her community during the past year.

Suzi Silva, 38, of Mill Road in Burston, was presented with the Don Swanton Award for positive acts in the Burston and Shimpling community after committed efforts in upcycling and distributing items to people who needed them.

Mum-of-two Miss Silva organised a foodbank in Burston Chapel during lockdown, while also collecting shopping for eight families each week who were unable to leave their home as they were isolating.

Suzi Silva receives a community award for services to the community in Burston..Picture: Phil Morley.
Suzi Silva receives a community award for services to the community in Burston..Picture: Phil Morley.

In case that was not enough, Miss Silva undertakes regular litter-picking around the village, and recently started working for South Norfolk help hub as a community connector.

Speaking after receiving the award on Church Green on Saturday, Miss Silva: “I was so surprised to receive an award or any recognition for my work as it’s been a pleasure to help people.

“I really enjoy being a part of this community and helping out and I’ve always thought of myself as lucky to live in this lovely village, where so many people go the extra mile for each other.”

The Don Swanton Award is named in memory of Burston man Donald Swanton, a former director of Tuck’s Mill, who was well known for his community efforts prior to his death in 2006.

Councillor Angela Belgrove said: “I’m pleased that so many people came to see the presentation, and they all gave Suzi a really big round of applause.

“We were also fortunate that the rain held off so the presentation could be made in the dry.”

Last year’s award was won by Tommy Bloomfield after countless acts of kindness, including clearing a fallen tree with his digger, helping to maintain the local playing fields, providing the village Christmas tree and building a war village memorial.

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