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BLOG: Pride of Plymouth

A big-hearted powerhouse of a fundraiser, a selfless, long-serving volunteer and a woman who has helped countless families emotionally and practically during their toughest times are to be celebrated at next month’s Pride of Plymouth Awards – and St Luke’s is the link between them!

The recipients of the annual awards, which recognise the achievements of those who go above and beyond to help those in need across our city, have been announced and we couldn’t be more proud to see the names of Cuz Cusson, Jeannie Norris and Janet Hearl among them!

Next month will see them attend the glittering ceremony to receive public thanks for all they have done, year in, year out to make a difference.
Cuz, who lives in Mutley, will be presented with a Special Recognition award in honour of his tireless fundraising for our charity. He’s the founder of Rockfest, the popular annual live music extravaganza that is well established in Plymouth and has now raised an incredible £100,000-plus for us in memory of Cuz’s much-missed mum Dot, who received our care.

Jeannie, who is in her 80s, will be there to receive a Lifetime Achievement award celebrating her amazing volunteering history with St Luke’s. She has exceeded three decades of giving her time and skills unpaid to help our charity shops provide a welcoming and helpful service for bargain hunters. And she’s still going strong there, with the energy and enthusiasm

that comes from her passion for seeing our vital service continue.

Also receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, recently retired Janet – who for more than ten years went above and beyond in her work as our Bereavement Support Worker – will be celebrated for the immeasurable difference she has made, coming alongside patients and their loved ones with understanding, empathy and solid practical advice at their times of greatest need.

Huge congratulations from us to all three – we couldn’t wish for better ambassadors and we hope you have a wonderful day!