OAP wins UK-wide Good Neighbour Award

George Boyd has been hailed for his efforts. Picture: comp
George Boyd has been hailed for his efforts. Picture: comp
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HE has reached an age when most would be thinking about putting their feet up.

But for George Boyd, life as one of the Lothians’ most helpful and considerate individuals has only just begun.

The 71-year-old – a sheltered housing resident from South Queensferry who dedicates his time to others – has scooped a UK-wide Good Neighbour Award from property developer and regeneration specialist Places for People.

Mr Boyd, also known as “Dougie”, has been the driving force behind a project that encourages hen-keeping, healthy eating and 
horticulture at the sheltered housing scheme where he lives.

He is even sharing his talent for woodwork with pupils at nearby Queensferry Community High, providing them with vital experience as part of the new national curriculum.

His accommodation is owned and managed by housing association Castle Rock Edinvar, also part of Places for People.

Mr Boyd said: “It was excellent to win a Good Neighbour Award. I was really surprised to be nominated and had no idea that it was going to be a national ceremony. I’ve really enjoyed working with the community on this local project, building a hen coop with the help of local people.

“It’s been really positive and brought people of all ages together.”

Mr Boyd was among 40 Places for People residents who were nominated for helping their neighbours and attended a special lunch in York.

John Peacock, a Castle Rock Edinvar tenant from Dalkeith, was shortlisted for his dedication to the people and surroundings in his 
neighbourhood.

He regularly mows the grass in the shared grounds, waters neighbours’ plants and offers gardening tips when requested.

Organisers said the Good Neighbour Awards were created to mark the positive contribution that residents make to communities and the lives of their neighbours.

David Cowans, chief executive of Places for People, who presented the awards, said: “These awards are about those unsung heroes who selflessly go out of their way to help others. People like Dougie often don’t understand they have done anything special – and that’s precisely what makes them special.”

He added: “It is fantastic to be able to meet, celebrate with and show our appreciation to those people who make a genuine difference to their neighbours and make their communities a better place.”

Places for People is one of the largest property management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, owning or managing 148,000 homes. The firm also builds schools, shops and leisure facilities.