Crewkerne Lions Club are immensely proud of their President Cecil Turner who has received the Points of Light Award from the Prime Minister’s Office. Cecil Turner is also the President and the founder of Yeovil Freewheelers who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. In a letter to Cecil Turner, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “By establishing Yeovil Freewheelers forty years ago you have shown tremendous dedication to supporting the NHS. Under your leadership as President of the oldest blood bike group in the country, you are providing a valuable service across South Somerset and North Dorset.”
Cecil founded Yeovil Freewheelers in December 1978, having heard through a friend about a group of Freewheelers in Stevenage. While still recovering from a serious back injury, Cecil began the volunteer blood bike group from a garage in East Coker. His first motorbike was a triumph daytona donated by the Stevenage Freewheelers. He received a yellow reflective jacket from the local fire service and a £200 donation from the South Somerset Riders organisation who also helped by providing volunteer bike riders.
Crewkerne Lion Lesley Chudley said: “We are all immensely proud of our President Cecil Turner. His whole life is one of service to others, be it through his work with the disabled in the Apollo swimming and kayaking club, encouraging disadvantaged youngsters – showing them that they do have a value, or his work with the Yeovil Freewheelers, who he is still fundraising for at over 81 years of age. He is an inspiration to us all and the living epitome of ‘We Serve’, the Lion’s motto.”
The Points of Light Award recognises outstanding individual volunteers. People who have made and are making a change in their community. Martin Surrey chairman of Yeovil Freewheelers said: “Cecil and the Yeovil Freewheelers were shocked and very proud to have been chosen to receive the award. All the volunteers do their job day in and out and ask for nothing in return. When we are recognised by others, it is satisfying to know someone out there sees what we do.”
Yeovil Freewheelers will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a Dinner Dance in the Tithe Barn at Haselbury Mill on Saturday October 13th. Tickets are still available from www.yeovil-freewheelers.co.uk/contact