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Ascot resident, June Martin MBE was presented with the prestigious Margarette Golding Award at an Ascot Inner Wheel event last week, in recognition of her continual and extensive support given to the Ascot and Sunninghill community since 1962. This award presented by International Inner Wheel (IIW) in memory of their founder, has only been given to 299 women worldwide since its inception in 2001. After reading the citation, District Chairman Linda Clarke described June as:- "An inspiration to us all. It is hard to do justice to the time, effort and resources that June has put into the local community." Although she knew about the nomination, June said: "The news still came out of the blue. I was very surprised but delighted to receive this award."
Initially June joined the Women€™s Voluntary Service (WVS). In 1975 she played a pivotal role in establishing the Ascot Day Centre Trust and in its subsequent redevelopment to provide hot food, activities and social contact for up to 90 elderly people. June spent 14 years as chairman before retiring on her 80th birthday when she took on the role of lifelong President.
In the mid 1980's she helped establish the Ascot Volunteer Bureau (AVB) which assists local people, usually the elderly, with transport to medical appointments and similar journeys. She became Chairman, a post she held for more than 20 years. Becoming aware of the need for support for the very frail and their carers, June founded Saturday Day Care Plus in the mid 1990's. She still attends every week, helping out where necessary, supplying the lunch for the attendees and assisting with transport despite having celebrated her own 90th birthday this year!
In 2005 June was invited to become an Honorary Member of Ascot Inner Wheel, and became a full member in 2007 since when she has been a supportive and generous member of the Club.
IW District 9 Chairman, Linda Clarke (right) presents the Margarette Golding award to Mrs. June Martin MBE