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Commitment and invaluable service to the community

The star of the Boston Borough Council-organised Service to the Community Awards on Thursday was Rupert, a hearing dog for deaf people, who attended with his owner Maggie Turvey supporting June Spouncer. Rupert calmly slept and snored all the way through the event.

June received her award for her dedicated commitment and invaluable service to the community, particularly to the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf Charity, Macmillian Cancer Trust and St Thomas's School. June has been a volunteer of Hearing Dogs for more than 20 years, raising more than £50,000. Her interest in Hearing Dogs started when she was babysitting her boss's deaf son and her fundraising began when she donated the proceeds of handmade stitched cards that she sold at various local sewing events. June and her husband Barry attend local events, have a stall at Pilgrim Hospital, organise dog walks and much more to raise awareness and funds for this much-loved charity.

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Mayor of Boston with award winner June Spouncer and her group of volunteers and Rupert

Mary Abbott received her community award for her lifetime service to the community of Wyberton through her support of the parish church and local organisations.

As well as bringing up two sons Mary, who is now in her 80s, has been a member of Wyberton Church for many years. Continuously helping to raise funds to help keep the church running Mary and her husband did an annual bike ride from Wyberton to Wrangle and back, visiting every church and chapel on their way. Mary is legendary for her knitting and baking which is sold to raise money at church fetes, annual markets, craft fairs and other events.

John Cooper received his award for his dedicated commitment and invaluable service to the community, particularly to the Parish of Frampton and his contribution to the parish council and St Mary's Church.

John, who follows in his father's footsteps as the village caretaker, drives around the village of Frampton collecting waste at his own expense and time. He is a member of the parish council and has a big passion for the church, helping keeping it open and doing the odd repair. John is industrious, caring, friendly, thoughtful and a credit to himself, his family and the village.

Michael Jessop's nomination was for his dedicated commitment and invaluable selfless service to the community, particularly to the Samaritans, the Boston Circuit of the Methodist Church, the Swineshead Silver Band, the Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors, and homeless of the area.

As well as receiving a long-service certificate for 25 years of continuous preaching, Michael is the co-ordinator of the soup kitchen in centenary car park for the homeless. He also set up an emergency night shelter in the centenary to help vulnerable people so when the weather drops below freezing there is somewhere for them to keep warm and safe. Three years ago Michael researched and set up the Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors in Boston. As well as overseeing the rota and setting up training he also goes out on the streets as a pastor once or twice a month arriving home about 3am. He liaises with the police and CCTV in Boston and they work well together making sure everyone is safe and well and returning to their homes after a night out in town.

Michael said he could not have done any of it without the continuous support from his wife, Jenny.

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From left: Pictured with the Mayor award winners Michael Jessop, Mary Abbott, John Cooper and June Spouncer une Spouncer and her group of volunteers and Rupert