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Parson Drove pensioner is first to be nominated in Pride of Fenland

Joss Markillie has been nominated into the Pride awards. '''Contact 01945 700373 ANL-150701-142720009
Joss Markillie has been nominated into the Pride awards. '''Contact 01945 700373 ANL-150701-142720009

An 83-year-old fundraiser who continues to support her community is one of the first people to be nominated into the Pride of Fenland awards.

Jos Markillie has raised between £70,000 and £80,000 over the years for good causes in Parson Drove and the wider community.

Pride in Fenland
Pride in Fenland

Nominations are starting to pour in for the prestigious awards, which are run by the Fenland Citizen and Fenland District Council to celebrate the efforts of unsung heroes who are making a difference in their community.

Winners of the good neighbour, group and young citizen awards will be announced during a grand presentation ceremony in the Boathouse, Wisbech, on Thursday, March 12.

Mrs Markillie has been put forward for the good neighbour category.

She began fundraising in her 20s and took part in sponsored walks to raise funds to build Parson Drove Village Hall and even went up in a hot air balloon.

Now Mrs Markillie organises bingos and her annual sausage supper. The last event, which was held in November, raised £1,000 which was divided between the village hall amenities committee, the youth football club, bowls club and the quilting club.

Mrs Markillie said: “It is quite nice to be nominated.

“I like fundraising and I like to help the village.”

She was put forward by John Cook.

He said: “Over the years, Jos has raised thousands for charities such as Cancer Research, the air ambulance, MS, Macmillan Cancer Support and British Heart Foundation and, of course, her beloved church.

“At the age of 83, Jos has given up the sponsored walks but shows no signs of slowing down and is still raising funds for charitable causes. A truly remarkable woman.”

To nominate an unsung hero see the form right. Closing date is Wednesday, February 4.

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