Shrewsbury store nominates winner of national community award
23rd October 2012
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Clive Bosel, 52, of Deeside, was nominated by a customer at the Co-operative Food store in Bicton, Shrewsbury and heralded as an asset to the community for his tireless work in the community.

As well as the ‘Member of the Year’ award, Clive took home a prize of £500 award for himself and another £500 to donate to Oxon Parish Church in Shrewsbury - the charity of his choosing.

The awards were part of celebrations to mark the International Year of Co-operatives and aim to celebrate unsung heroes who, by their community work or support for the environment or ethical trading, embody the ideals of the Co-operative movement.

Clive is known for his tireless charity work in and around Shrewsbury, helping to support local schools including Oxon School and The Priory School.

He is also a key volunteer at the Severn Hospice at Oxon and the village’s Parish Church. The ‘ARK’ drop in centre for the homeless in Shrewsbury also benefits from Clive’s time and generosity.

Clive was announced as winner last week at the Midcounties Half Yearly meeting at Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre in Shrewsbury.

Clive said: “I try and follow the co-operative values and have always worked to help in the community - whether its helping to redecorate the church hall or at the local school’s firework display. So, to have been recognised like this for something I think of as part of my day job like this, is amazing. I thoroughly enjoy what I do so this is just the icing on the cake!

“I have already arranged to donate my £500 charity prize to the Parish Church, which is currently raising funds to install disabled access to the building, so I’m very proud that my donation will get them well on their way towards the £1,000 target. As for my own prize, I’ve got a few things in mind – maybe a holiday!”

Di Bateman, Head of Membership Engagement, said: “Clive’s award is incredibly well-deserved. He is truly passionate about making a difference in Shrewsbury and has become central to so many of the townspeople’s lives, giving his time and working hard to make a difference.

"Embodying the co-operative values to this extent is great to see in this International Year of Co-operatives, which is all about supporting others.”

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