At its recent AGM at Westcliff Community Centre, Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire presented the Ian McPherson Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community for 2016 to Dorothy Fagge from Saxby All Saints.

Dorothy is a very active member of the Saxby All Saints Parochial Church Council as well as a Church Warden, member of the Saxby Parish Council, a Trustee of the charity Stroke Matters and a member of the Beverley and District Soroptimist Society.

Her involvement in the voluntary sector and in particular fundraising for good causes goes back decades. Dorothy was Chair of Fundraising for the Leonard Cheshire Homes at Barnetby and raising around £400,000 over 20 years. She was Chair of Fundraising for the local St John’s Ambulance.

As far back at the 1980’s she was Chair of Fundraising in this region for Great Ormond Street Hospital and raised sufficient funds to build a new head injuries unit which was originally called the ‘Barnetby Unit’. In recognition Dorothy was invited to its official opening undertaken by Princess Diana. Given this success Dorothy was asked to become the National Chair of the Consumer Advisory Group for Clinical Trials based in London.

More recent projects include her work for the local church. The Saxby All Saints Church is a building of national significance because it was designed and built by George Gilbert Scott who also built the Houses of Parliament. When the church wardens noticed mushrooms growing on a roof beam high above the organ loft it was obvious that not only was something seriously amiss, but it would take a great deal of money to put right. Fortunately Saxby had Dorothy in its midst who decided to approach English Heritage who described the church as a ‘little gem’. But that is not enough to secure funding to put things right, only dedication, selfless commitment, time, effort and skill can achieve that, which Dorothy has in abundance. The following are the grants Dorothy has managed to secure for the church and immediate surrounding area to top up the £10,000 raised through local events and traditional fundraising:-

Heritage Lottery – £112,000

Wren – £13,500

Awards For All – £10,000

Community Grant Fund – £13,500

Garfield Weston Foundation – £5,000

Marshall’s Charity – £10,000

Cemex – £5,000

SSE Windfarm – £75,000

In responding to her Award, Dorothy expressed delight and humility at being chosen, and thanked all of the amazing teams she has worked with and her family. She expressed her support for the incredible work of Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire, and in particular thanked Gary Allen, Funding and Development Worker from VANL for his support in funding applications.

The Ian McPherson Award was introduced following the untimely and sad death of Ian MacPherson who at the time of his passing was a Board member at VANL. Ian is much missed and was much loved by his colleagues in the Community and Voluntary Sector in North Lincolnshire. Ian gave his time and skills freely and without reserve or a desire to be recognised for his voluntary work, and in so doing made a real difference to the organisations, communities and individuals he had contact with. In short an unsung hero.

Dorothy is an amazing and inspiring community voice, and a worthy recipient of the Ian McPherson Award.