Great-grandmother's call for action on Audentior

A great-grandmother who ran fundraising breakfasts from her front room is calling on Watford to nominate its everyday heroes in the annual Audentior Awards.

Published: Wednesday, 22nd June 2016
2015 Audentior Award winner Berice Andrews
2015 Audentior Award winner Berice Andrews

Berice Andrews, who turns 80 on August 2, won the Mayor’s Award during Watford Borough Council’s Audentior Awards last year. The council is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Audentior awards across eight separate categories. You can nominate someone at until Thursday 7 July.

What makes a great nomination? Well, for years Berice invited strangers into her home for all-day breakfasts to raise cash for Cancer Research. Sometimes up to 90 people would turn up, paying her £2 entry fee to enjoy such delicacies as scrambled eggs on toast, coffee and tea. The increasing numbers of guests prompted her to change the location from her lounge to All Saints Church, Leavesden, where she took in up to £500 at a time.

She organised the annual event for the Watford Garston Townswomen’s Guild – where she recently finished a 10-year stint as chairman. She will become president of the Watford Lions Club for the third time on 3 July – a post she will hold for at least a year.

Berice said: “I was so surprised and quite shocked and I felt honoured that I had received an Audentior award. I was really overwhelmed. Fancy me getting that, you know! It was out of this world that I had been put forward for it and I could not believe it.”

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “It’s important that we recognise the hard work that people like Berice put into improving the lives of others. Everyone knows someone like that, someone who has really helped make Watford a better place to live in, and now’s your chance to reward them!”

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