Puffins stalwart Chris wins coveted Dacorum community service award

June Street Award 2013 - June Street, left, with Chris Clapham and wife Eileen
June Street Award 2013 - June Street, left, with Chris Clapham and wife Eileen

Disability sports stalwart Chris Clapham has been named as the winner of the 15th annual June Street Award, presented each year by Community Action Dacorum to salute outstanding service to others.

Chris has been involved in supporting schools and charities in the borough for more than 40 years, and is best known for his dedicated involvement with the Puffins sports club for disabled youngsters, which meets every Saturday morning at Hemel Hempstead Sportspace.

The award is named in honour of the former executive secretary of the Dacorum Council for Voluntary Service, the forerunner of CAD, and was established on her retirement.

June was at the organisation’s annual meeting at Haven House on Monday to present the award and pay tribute to the example set by Chris over many years.

Chris said: “This award could have been placed in the hands of any one of hundeds of volunteers who do wonderful work in our community.

“I am humbled and honoured to have been chosen, but I must stress that volunteering is very much a two way thing, and you get back more than you put in.”

The annual meeting saw the first public screening of a new film promoting the work of Community Action Dacorum and its involvement in a wide range of community projects.

And chief executive Mark Mitchell, reporting on developments over the past 12 months, said that preparations were now being made to launch a musical talent contest for people with a disability in the new year.