Award for woman at the heart of the community

Bourne rose pres to  Sheila Kelby with (front) Jill Bates and Isaac Bates (12) and (back)  Wendy Kelby, Chris bates, Mark Kelby and Eliot Bates EMN-150804-170125009

Bourne rose pres to Sheila Kelby with (front) Jill Bates and Isaac Bates (12) and (back) Wendy Kelby, Chris bates, Mark Kelby and Eliot Bates EMN-150804-170125009

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A woman who is at the heart of the community has been awarded the Bourne Local Rose Award for her outstanding contribution and involvement in the town.

Sheila Kelby, 77, has lived in Bourne for her whole life and has always been on the go, getting involved in all aspects of the local 
community.

She was nominated for the Rose Award by her two daughters Jill and Wendy and her son Mark, for all that she does for both the community and her own family.

Jill said: “Mum does so much for everyone and she deserves to be recognised. She puts many of the younger generation to shame with her energy and involvement in the local community.”

Sheila is committed to a number of local groups, which she became involved in when her husband Roy was alive. Sadly, Roy died aged 83 in 2012 but Sheila has continued to be involved in the 
groups.

Not only does she help to run the weekly Bourne Blind Club sessions, she is also their treasurer and has recently raised vital funds to keep the group going by writing to local organisations and Bourne Town Council to apply for funding.

An active member of the Friends of the Butterfield Sheila helps out at all of their fundraising events helping to serve refreshments and organise activities.

Her commitment to both the Friends and the local Heart Support Group also sees her sitting outside the local supermarket several times a year to sell raffle 
tickets.

Alongside all of her work within the community, Sheila still has time to look after her family, including her four grandchildren.

Her grandson, Isaac, 12, said: “My gran is a really nice person. She’s really kind and helpful.”

Sheila received her award on Wednesday at the weekly Bourne Blind Club session, she said: “I didn’t expect this at all. My family have been very kind to nominate me. Now I’m on my own it’s nice to be out and about.”

Thank you to Stephanie’s Flowers in Crown Walk, Bourne who provided the Bourne Local with this weeks Rose Award.

l Do you know someone who deserves the Bourne Local Rose 
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If so, please contact reporter Rachel Pishhorn on 01780 758960 or e-mail rachel.pishhorn@jpress.co.uk.