The Black Pear Tree is the symbol of Worcestershire and has been since the 1600's when Queen Elizabeth 1st commanded the fruit be place on Worcestershire's flag.
The awards epitomise the community spirit of the people of Worcestershire, helping to highlight the breadth of talent we have within the county, be it through sport, business, education, the arts or by acknowledging those people who go above and beyond to put something back into their community.
Pictured is (L-R) Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Communities, Mike Cusack, volunteer driver for Droitwich Community Transport and Cllr Anne Hingley – Chairwoman of Worcestershire County Council.
Mike Cusack said: "I was amazed to receive this award as the work that I do is purely voluntary and I get enough reward meetings folks who use the transport. I am new to the area and following retirement I needed something to get me up and about, meeting new people and learning about the area. I look upon the award as a team award, because there are people taking the calls and other drivers. What I do is a small part of the service but a rewarding part nonetheless. We are always on the lookout for people to join us as volunteers and help the community."
Chairwoman of Worcestershire County Council, Cllr Anne Hingley said: "I was delighted to present the Black Pear Tree Award to Mike. He clearly shows an exemplary commitment in the voluntary sector. Well done Mike and so well deserved."
For further information about volunteering in your local community please visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20002/community_volunteering_and_act_local/994/volunteering
For information about volunteering at Droitwich Community Transport please visit http://www.communitytravel.org.uk/droitwich/