Cornwall Highest Award Given To Concern Wadebridge Manager

A community stalwart has been recognised for his hard work for a Wadebridge-based charity.

Manager of Concern Wadebridge Andy Lyle is to receive a Cornwall Council Civic Award for his dedication to the charity and helping residents in the area. This is the highest award the Cornwall Council can present.

Andy has worked at Concern Wadebridge for the past five years; the charity supports people over 50 and or have a disability but the centre and its facilities are open to everyone to use.

During his time he has helped to make many positive changes including opening the centre to a wider community, helping to gain funding for numerous projects and support groups, gaining funding for three community minibuses, setting up Shopmobility and Holiday mobility schemes, amongst other things.

Andy also helped to secure funding and the organisation of a £450,000 refurbishment to the charities’ headquarters in 2018. The building, which includes part of the former Railway station in Southern Way, had extensive roof repairs, a complete restoration of the railway canopy and the inside of the building was transformed to accommodate new toilets, a modern kitchen and a community café.

He was nominated by Cornwall Councillor for Wadebridge East Stephen Knightley, he said: “I was delighted to nominate Andy for this award. He has worked endlessly to support the local community over the years.

“More recently during the Covid-19 pandemic he has helped to create and manage a variety of services for the vulnerable in our community by providing a hot meal deliveries, a shopping service, prescription collections, telephone befriending and transport to health with his growing team of volunteers.

“I am looking forward to sharing this special moment with him at the official award ceremony in September.”

Andy said: “For once in my life I was speechless! This was not expected, and the award is as much for the dedication of the trustees, staff and volunteers who have been on this amazing journey with me.

“The centre is an amazing resource for our community and we have been fortunate to develop Concern Wadebridge to be one of the leading local charities providing much needed support to our local community, thank you Stephen for your nomination, as we work together in making a difference to others.”

Concern Wadebridge Chairman Alan Weeks said: “On behalf of my fellow trustees I would like to congratulate Andy for gaining this award for the charity.  The charities base at the John Betjeman Centre has been transformed over the past few years by the hard work of Andy, his staff, and flock of volunteers.  They have transformed the centre from a small group into the major community hub of Wadebridge and surrounding area.

“This would not have happened without Andy’s knowledge, experience and unstoppable enthusiasm and he is very deserving of this award.”

In a letter announcing his award Chairman of Cornwall Council Hilary Frank said; “I am delighted to inform you that after careful review of the nominations, the panel was unanimous in its decision that you should be one of this year’s recipients.

“The panel was particularly impressed with your dedicated service to the Betjeman Centre and the outstanding contribution you have made to the life of the centre over the years.”

The official presentation on the award will take place at New County Hall on Tuesday 29th September.