Beccles stalwart honoured with community award

PUBLISHED: 10:17 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:17 03 July 2018

Sarah Jane Lavington with the third annual  Ivan Holmes Community Award, Photo: Beccles and District Lions Club.

Sarah Jane Lavington with the third annual Ivan Holmes Community Award, Photo: Beccles and District Lions Club.


A stalwart of the Beccles community has been recognised for years of hard work to better the town and help those in need.

Sarah Jane Lavington is the recipient of the third annual Ivan Holmes Community Award.

The award, presented by the Beccles and District Lions Club, is designed to honour individuals, clubs or societies in memory of Ivan Holmes who was a member of the club for 35 years.

Ms Lavington has spent the majority of her working life caring for others, namely children suffering from autism, learning difficulties and other physical disabilities.

She is an instrumental part of the fundraising community in Beccles and has been particularly successful raising funds for Barsham Church – installing a new heating system and repairing windows, among the major improvements.

A Lions spokesman said: “Sarah Jane has been there at the heart of it all with her caring nature, from having a friendly chat over a cuppa with her neighbours, to ensuring they have all the help they need when its required, you will find her there, always considering others first.”

Lion President Chris Ramsden said: “Ivan was an ever present figure within the Beccles community and through this award Beccles Lions wanted to recognise those people who, like Sarah Jane tirelessly serve their community by helping to improve the lives of others.”

Ms Lavington also received £250 – which was subsequently donated to her charity of choice Mercy Ships which provided medical relief and free surgeries in Africa.

The award was presented by Mr Holmes’ wife Mandy, who said: “The intention of this award is to act as an inspirational and motivational legacy, to continue Ivan’s good work and Sarah Jane has clearly demonstrated this with all the caring and kindness she shows to others within our community.”

Ms Lavington said she was “very honoured and moved” to receive the accolade.

She said: To even be considered for the award was a surprise, and in addition to be recognised by others for doing things that one enjoys is a great privilege and honour, which I really do appreciate.

“Equally it’s very encouraging to see so many people doing so much for the community too, long may it continue. I will treasure this award.”

For more information about the Beccles and District Lions Club visit: www.beccleslions.org.uk

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