My guardian angel
Published: November 9, 2006 | 5027th good news item since 2003
NEVER have there been such devoted neighbours.
And this week Mrs Ada Pilling, of Christie Avenue, Morecambe, was officially named the best neighbour in the Lancaster district. [The Perfect Neighbor]
The 68-year-old, who lives with her husband Fraser, was nominated for giving endless care and support to neighbour Pamela Bennett during her most stressful times. Pamela said: “If it wasn’t for Ada’s help and support, I’d have topped myself a long time ago.
“She’s been my rock and my guardian angel and deserves this award so much.”
The 53-year-old said: “When my husband was seriously ill it was such a difficult time but Ada would come and sit with him until all the hours of the day and night, change his dressings and generally try and help out as much as she could.
“Then when he died I wanted to commit suicide but she stopped me and helped me out.
“She’d do my shopping and hang my washing out on the line.
“Now we’ve even been working together to lose weight. I’ve lost nearly eight stones and Ada’s lost about seven stones.”
Ada was surprised but delighted to win Lancaster City Council’s Good Neighbour Award. [Neighbor Power: Building Community The Seattle Way]
“I was so shocked and nearly collapsed when they told me I’d won. I’m the sort of person who would help anyone out and I don’t like to see anybody in trouble so if I can do anything then I will.”
The two runners-up were Maureen Knowles of Laburnum Grove, Marsh, and Barbara Arkwright of Highfield Road, Carnforth. Mrs Knowles was nominated by Sally Ann Dooke of Lime Grove while Mrs Arkwright was nominated by Pat Lovering of Highfield Road.