In 2019 the Council launched their Volunteer of the Year Award in memory of longstanding past councillor, Donald Fraser, who had served on the Council since its inception in 1996. Donald was an avid volunteer and helped many organisations during his lifetime, so the Council thought this award was a fitting tribute.
This year's chosen winner is Tim Watts, who received several nominations and is well known throughout Leigh as the president of the Leigh Lions. Tim took early retirement from the Ministry of Justice and threw himself into volunteering. As part of the Lions, he helps to run the Lions Charity Shop, organise the Leigh Regatta, Duck Race and raise money for local charities and community groups.
On top of his work with the Lions, Tim is also a trustee of Southend Carers, a member of Southend Borough Council's People Scrutiny Committee, and director of Southend Pier Museum. Tim has also worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, whether it be shopping for vulnerable people, providing aid for food banks, co-ordinating volunteers or helping at vaccination centres; he has committed hundreds of hours to other people.
We can't think of a more appropriate and deserving winner for this award. Leigh-on-Sea Town Council are certainly proud to have such a wonderful person in our Town. Many congratulations to Tim Watts, our Volunteer of the Year 2021.