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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Heart of Ulverston Awards - Hoad lotta love for monument keepers

A SELECT group of selfless volunteers give up their free time to keep an Ulverston landmark open to the public.

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LANDMARK The Sir John Barrow Monument on top of Hoad. HELEN DEVEREUX

That is why the Sir John Barrow monument keepers have been nominated for a Heart of Ulverston Award.

Their willingness to give up their weekends for the good of the community, and those who visit Ulverston, are just part of the reason they are up for as Group of Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Furness Building Society.

Ulverston town clerk Jayne Kendall nominated the group of volunteers for the level of commitment they have shown over the years, as well as recent work to support a local charity.

She said: “The volunteer assistant lighthouse keepers, led by volunteer senior lighthouse keeper Les Tallon, ensure that the Sir John Barrow Monument is opened for the community every weekend.

“It would not be possible to open the monument without their dedication, time and commitment.”

She added: “They also open the monument during the week for elderly and disabled people and also for schools.

“More recently they have worked with Alice’s Escapes charity and collect families from the Alice’s Escapes caravan in Ulverston and take them up to the monument at a time to suit them.”

Alice’s Escapes is a charity set up by local girl Alice Pyne, who died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma earlier this year at the age of 17. The charity aims to provide short breaks to seriously ill children and their families.

The Heart of Ulverston Awards 2013 are sponsored by Ulverston Victoria High School and proudly supported by Siemens, GlaxoSmithKline, Furness College and the Evening Mail.

The winners will be announced at a sparkling ceremony at the Coronation Hall on October 25.

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