KINGSBRIDGE Town Council has presented Dennis Holwill with his Citizen of the Year award.
Dennis has been a member of St John’s Ambulance for 16 years and has been a first responder for twelve.
He has recently reached his milestone of over 2,000 call outs as a first responder.
He works closely with youth group SPIRITULIZED in Kingsbridge, as treasurer, volunteer and bus driver and he also works with Kingsbridge Community College as a bus driver and first-aider for events and trips.
Dennis is also very involved with the Adumasa charity which supports communities in Ghana, Africa.
He has been a town councillor and used to drive the Yellow Bus, a community bus managed by the town council that ran until the late 90s.
Dennis has been secretary and treasurer for a number of local churches and often mans the fort at Wordwise bookshop in Kingsbridge. He has also run summer youth camps and Malborough Baptist Youth Centre.
Cllr Wayne Grills said the only blot on his copybook was that his jokes are ’truly appalling’ but said that the impact Dennis has had on the young people of the area was not to be underestimated. He called him ’very approachable and understanding’ and said: ’Dennis, if you weren’t here, there would be a hole in the wellbeing of the local area.
’Thank you, on behalf of Kingsbridge’.
Dennis said working as a first responder gave him great satisfaction as he was able to help people when they really needed him and working through young people’s problems with SPIRITULIZED he is also doing the same thing, albeit in a different way.
He said it was ’nice to know what you do is recognised’ and called the Citizen of the Year award a ’great honour’.