Citizen of the Year 2019

Published: 24 September 2019

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD is presented by Helston Town Council and recognises a person who has particularly contributed to the life of the town over the past 12 months.

Pictured are this year’s two recipients, Mr Alan Goldsworthy and Ms Sue Mallinder, who were presented with a silver salver by the Mayor, Councillor John Martin, at the Guildhall on Thursday 19th September. Also present were Helston Town Councillors and the recipients’ Proposer, Mrs Martine Knight, who wrote the following recommendation:

“In the early hours of Wednesday, 30th January 2019 – one of the coldest nights of the year – Alan & Sue were awoken by cries of distress, coming from the direction of Helston’s Boating Lake. Swiftly making their way to the scene and calling the emergency services as they went, they soon spotted a body floating in the middle of the lake. Without thought to their own well-being, they both jumped into the water and made their way out to the person.

By this time the elderly lady, who was only dressed in very thin clothing, was no longer responsive. With hail and heavy rain falling they managed to get her out of the lake and carried her to a nearby shelter. After covering her with their coats Sue ran to get blankets whilst Alan tried to warm the lady.

Shortly afterwards the emergency services arrived and, after paramedics worked to revive her, the lady was taken to hospital where she eventually recovered sufficiently to be able to return to her family. Police later told Alan & Sue that had they not got her out of the water when they did it was doubtful that she would have survived.

Alan & Sue have played down their role in this remarkable event saying, “You just do it. Someone desperately needed help and we just jumped in. It didn’t matter if it was cold or deep. You just know it’s down to you”.

There can be few other examples of residents of our town putting themselves in way of harm to come to the aid of another and I recommend them, jointly, for the honour of ‘Citizen of the Year 2019’.”

        The Mayor added that the council had received a number of nominations but found this one “standing head and shoulders above them all.”