Jane Havenhand MBE

Former Dinnington councillor Jane Havenhand a community stalwart has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

 

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Former Dinnington councillor Jane Havenhand a community stalwart has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Jane Havenhand (55), chair of trustees for Dinnington Resource Centre, has been awarded an MBE for services to the community, 

Since taking over the chairmanship at Dinnington’s community-owned multi-use building, Jane has turned its fortunes around.

From an organisation that had accrued approximately £90,000 debts under previous management, she transformed the centre into a vibrant community facility with healthy finances.

She began fundraising to pay off the debt and to fundraise for other local charities through dances, concerts, seasonal events and dinners for vulnerable people

Over the last ten years she has also personally fundraised by participating in marathons, Peak Challenge Walks, and in 2012 she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro as part of a team that raised over £150,000.

Since the Covid-19 crisis began, she has become the volunteer coordinator and leader of The Dinnington Coronavirus Action Group (DNAG). This organisation is manned by volunteers based at the resource centre but since lockdown is now coordinated from her own home.

Set up to be utilised as a hub to help isolated and vulnerable residents receive essentials in order to survive the pandemic, it has provided isolation essential packs, hot meals, shopping buddies and other assistance since lockdown.

Through source funding and donations, up to the end of June it has provided 2,896 hot meals, 1,784 sandwiches, 396 shopping buddies, 489 children's gift bags and 123 food parcels.

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