A founder of TRIP Community Transport Association has today (Thursday, August 1) been honoured for her commitment to the care and welfare of others in Honiton.
Val Royle, who has helped to improve the lives of thousands with no access to transport, was presented with the Kirstie Tancock Perpetual Memorial Shield at Honiton Show.
Presented every year in memory of the late cystic fibrosis sufferer, the shield was handed over by last year’s winner, Heather Penwarden.
At the same time both Val and Heather received certificates from Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber presents the award every year in memory of Kirstie, who underwent a double lung transplant. She was due to receive the shield for her unstinting charity work when she tragically died.
Chamber of commerce committee members, along with Honiton’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, hosted the presentation, held outside the chamber’s stand at the show.
Val is still involved with TRIP, considered a pioneer of community transport not just in Devon but nationwide.
Kirstie was an inspiration, not just to those who knew her, but those with lung conditions – both genetic and otherwise – around the globe. For many with cystic fibrosis she was a champion for organ donation and supported the work of numerous charities until the end.