Saddleworth volunteers presented with coveted award

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 08 August 2019

An unassuming married couple have received a special award for their unstinting volunteering to their area.

Rosanne and Geoffrey Fielding were selected as recipients of  the prestigious Above and Beyond award by a judging panel headed up by members of the Saddleworth and Lees District partnership.

The coveted  Above and Beyond Jade plaque and framed certificate are presented to unsung men, women  and children who got the extra mile to help a friend or neighbour or their wider Saddleworth community.

Now in their fourth year, the award recipients nominated by the public, have no idea they have been selected to receive recognition for their sterling work.

The Fielding’s are involved with the Scouthead and Austerlands Community Group where Geoffrey is vice chairman.

After a lifetime in the automotive industry, he set up his own  business with a friend and retired after selling the business.

The couple who had lived in Delph,  immersed themselves in the local community until moving to Scouthead in 2013.

Rosanne is a volunteer librarian at Delph library and works at the Dr Kershaws Hospice Shop in Lees. She also acted as a volunteer classroom assistant at St Anne's primary school, Lydgate.

In addition, they work with Joan and Paul Sykes from the SACG at Waterhead Academy helping with special needs children in the garden project and listening to them  reading.

Said Joan Sykes, SACG retiring chair: “Roseanne  and Geoffrey  are always at the front of the queue  when volunteering  is needed. They encompass the true community  ethos.”

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