Champion of litter cleans up Mayor’s Award

The Executive Mayor of Mansfield, Coun Kate Allsop (third left), and Deputy Mayor, Coun Mick Barton (far right), with the award-winners (from left) Abbey Clarke, Kelly Morgan, Vicki Zurek and Ian Carnell.
The Executive Mayor of Mansfield, Coun Kate Allsop (third left), and Deputy Mayor, Coun Mick Barton (far right), with the award-winners (from left) Abbey Clarke, Kelly Morgan, Vicki Zurek and Ian Carnell.

A litter champion who is dedicated to removing rubbish from his local estate is one of four people to receive civic commendations from the Executive Mayor of Mansfield.

Takeaway worker Ian Carnell, who can regularly be seen picking up litter in Forest Town, was described as “an absolute star” by Deputy Mayor Coun Mick Barton, who nominated him for a Mayor’s Award.

“He leaves his home in Pleasley to cycle five miles to his job at KFC in Forest Town at 6 am and before he starts work, he spends time litter-picking the whole area,” said Coun Barton. “He does this every day.”

The Executive Mayor, Coun Kate Allsop, agreed he was worthy of an award, saying: “Ian is the first volunteer when there are clean-up days, whatever the weather. He is always willing to go that extra mile to help ensure the estate is lovely and clean.”

Mayor’s Awards have also been presented to council worker Abbey Clarke, who organised Mansfield’s knitted poppy display for this year’s Remembrance Sunday parade, and two volunteers, Vicki Zurek and Kelly Morgan, who set up a support group for those bereaved by suicide.

Events officer Abbey masterminded the project in which community groups, residents and schools created more than 8,000 knitted and crocheted flowers of all shapes and sizes and raised £1,700 for the Royal British Legion. She then oversaw the massive task of attaching the poppies to more than 60 square metres of ex-Forces camouflage netting that went on public display for the parade.

Abbey said: “We were overwhelmed by the amazing response from the people of Mansfield.”

AWARD-winner Vicki Zurek set up Suicide Support Group (SSG), with the help of friend Kelly Morgan, after she lost her brother, Lee Boughton, to suicide last year.

“We didn’t want people to suffer alone and in silence,” said Kelly. “Bereaved people who are in crisis now have a safe place to go where they can feel supported, and can talk confidentially without judgement.”

The self-referral group is run by volunteers who are specially trained to deal with stress and grief. Executive Mayor, Coun Kate Allsop, said: “We are very lucky to have this kind of service in the area.”