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Telford couple shortlisted for best neighbour award

A caring couple from Lightmoor Village who are pillars of their local community have been shortlisted in the BBC Radio Shropshire Make a Difference Awards.

Ann and Paul Catullo have lived in the village for seven years and were nominated by Bournville Village Trust, the charitable trust which manages Lightmoor Village.

The pensioners were nominated for the various activities they organise for their community and residents of Bournville House extra care scheme where they live.

Activities include Ann’s weekly art group, Paul’s disco’s, supporting the intergenerational gardening activities with the local primary school as well as organising regular bingo and film nights.

Donna Lister-Trowell, Manager of Bournville House, said: “We’re delighted for Ann and Paul, who both have a real passion and commitment to being great neighbours and making a difference to others.

“Their regular activities are very popular, and they also make a real effort in welcoming new residents to ensure they feel part of the community.”

Ann and Paul have been invited to an awards ceremony in September, where the winners will be announced.

The Make a Difference Awards were established at the height of the pandemic following the establishment of a virtual notice board where members of the public offered help or sought support from people in their local area.

The awards celebrate the everyday acts of kindness by members of the public who go above and beyond to make a difference where they live. This year over 11,000 nominations for local heroes across the country were received.

The Great Neighbour Award is given to an individual or group of people who help to make the neighbourhood or local community a better place to live or work, either on a regular basis or through a single act of kindness.

Bournville House in Lightmoor Village provides high-quality retirement/extra care housing for rent.

There are 59 two-bedroom apartments and a range of communal facilities including a café, lounges, landscaped gardens and greenhouse, activity/craft room. In addition, there is a hairdresser and nail salon on site.

For further information about Bournville House, or to arrange a tour, please call 0121 667
1028 or 0121 667 1017.

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