Taunton Deane Citizenship Award winners

Somerset County Gazette: Taunton Deane Citizenship Award winners Taunton Deane Citizenship Award winners

THE daughter of a businessman who worked tirelessly to support good causes has picked up an ‘unsung hero’ accolade he received shortly after his death.

Teenager Megan O’Brien received the Taunton Deane Citizenship Award won by her father, Sean, in recognition of his work setting up Go Commando in 2010.

The charity, which supports families of 40 Commando Royal Marines when they are serving abroad, has since raised over £200,000 and is now recognised worldwide.

Sean also chaired the Patients Improvement Charter at Musgrove Park Hospital, set up and funded the successful Somerset Careers Fair and mentored Jane Hofmeister from the Think Amy road safety campaign.

The £100 cheque presented with the award is going to the Love Musgrove charity.

Dave Mullen, from Norton Fitzwarren, earned a Citizenship Award for his producing and directing Taunton Gang Show, which has encouraged hundreds of young people, entertained families and friends and raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Dave, whose commitment has provided care and support to many young people and given them pride in what they have achieved, even took the show to London, Germany, Holland and Cyprus, giving young people the opportunity to travel.

Help for Heroes will receive his £100 cheque.

Voluntary group Link Power was chosen for the third award for its efforts to tackle issues affecting the Halcon area of Taunton.

The group of enthusiastic volunteers are making a real and significant change throughout the area.

They meet daily and deploy teams across Halcon to check for fly tipping, abandoned shopping trolleys, graffiti and make sure the area is well maintained, helping create a safe and pleasant environment.

They also support families who need help with house moves, gardening tasks and practical chores.

The group’s £100 prize goes to the Lane Art Group.

After presenting the awards, Taunton Deane Mayor Cllr Libby Lisgo said: “The selection panel had an extremely difficult task as we received 15 extremely worthy nominations, all of whom do outstanding voluntary work in our community.

“However, there can only be three winners and they really deserve this recognition.

“Our community benefits enormously from the work of volunteers – they are our real heroes, devoting so much time and energy into making Taunton Deane a special place to live.”

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