A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER has been handed a prestigious award for her work in the community.
Mavis Williams, 86, won Tenant of the Year for the northern region, for her 20 years championing tenants’ rights, fundraising for charity and even campaigning in the Houses of Parliament.
Mrs Williams, who lives in Wheatley, got involved in the tenants’ movement in 1992 before joining the Doncaster Federation of Tenants’ and Residents’ Association a year later.
She went on to serve as secretary at the federation and is its longest serving member and its only ever honorary member.
Mrs Williams said: “I was short-listed with 11 others – when they read my name out as the winner I wasn’t expecting it at all.
“It’s a nice gesture. I do the work because I love it. I love helping other tenants – I get satisfaction out of it.”
Mrs Williams was nominated for the award by St Leger Homes of Doncaster – which manage just under 21,000 homes for Doncaster Council. She will now go forward to the national finals of the competition which is run by the Tenant Participation Advisory Service.
Since retiring she has travelled around the country fighting for tenants’ rights as well as being the treasurer of the Wheatley CAN Tenants’ and Residents’ Association.
Despite battling bad health lately Mrs Williams still finds time to sell books and home made cakes to raise funds for two trips a year to the coast for tenants as well as making an annual donation to the National Lifeboat Institute.
Mrs Williams was also the driving force behind securing improvements to be carried out to the gardens around the flats in her area.
Laura Greenwood, who chairs St Leger Homes’ scrutiny panel, was shortlisted as Young Tenant of the Year.