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Honour for woman who saved Cricklade hall
AN MBE winner, who dedicated her life to nursing people, has won an award for fundraising efforts which nursed a 17th-century town hall back to life.
Vicky McIntosh, vice chair of the Jenner Hall Community Trust in Cricklade, was recognised by Community First for her role in raising almost £200,000 to pay for various improvements at the hall, the most significant of which was £169,000 to replace its roof.
Grants amounting to more than £100,000 from Hills Waste Solutions and the SITA Trust came through the Landfill Communities Fund, which was created in 1996 to enhance community leisure and recreation facilities.
At a ceremony in Devizes Town Hall last Wednesday, Vicky was presented with her award for best community project by Sarah Troughton, President of Community First and HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire.
“I thought it would be a piece of cake, but it took two years of hard work,” said Vicky, who moved to Cricklade eight years ago after 37 years with the NHS, for which she received her MBE.
“Grants become more difficult to obtain in the current financial climate. I was working on something every day for several hours for at least 18 months.
“Once I left the NHS I ran my own business and I think standing on my own two feet certainly helped with working harder to secure the grants, because when it comes to money you dig your heels in a little more.
“I was so determined to secure the money, I like a challenge. I like to keep myself busy and occupied, which helped to keep me fighting for this money. The roof was only going to get damper and damper; something had to be done.
“I had some support, but filling grant applications every day is a lonely life.”
John Hickman, chair of the Jenner Hall Community Trust, said: “She’s put in a huge amount of effort, which has resulted in her success. Raising money from grants alone requires a singular effort; it has to be done by one, dedicated person who can set themselves to the task.
“I think she has achieved what very few people could have achieved.”
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