Albert's a good neighbour
Published by Neil Shaefer for Railway Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
Mr Burrows receives his award from Mrs Robinson with Anne Rowlands (right), Geoff Proudlock, Railway Housing Chairman (left) and David Barnett (centre back).
A man who describes helping other people as a “hobby” has won a housing association’s good neighbour of the year award.
Albert Burrows was the overwhelming winner of the Railway Housing Association 2014 Good Neighbour of the Year Award.
Judges decided that of all the entries received for this year’s competition he was the most deserving of the award.
Mr Burrows, 81, who lives in Southwood Avenue, Cottingham, near Hull, was nominated by his friend and neighbour Gwen Robinson.
Mrs Robinson said: “In this day and age people like Albert are very hard to find and I am so delighted that he has won the award.
“He does so many jobs for so many people, many of whom are much younger than him, and they range from clearing paths of snow through to shopping for us young ones.
“He calls at many of our houses every day to ask if we need anything. Nothing is too much for him and we are all very grateful for everything he does for us.”
Mr Burrows, who receives a trophy and cheque for £50 from Railway Housing Association, said: “I am very flattered to have received the award but I certainly don’t think I do anything special.
“I don’t like sitting around doing nothing and helping people is just like a hobby to me.”
All residents living in Railway Housing Association properties were asked to nominate people they thought worthy of the award, which is sponsored by Drivers Solicitors.
Anne Rowlands, Railway Housing Association Chief Executive, said: “Mr Burrows is a very deserving winner and it is heart warming to know that there are people like him helping others in our communities.”