Sonia Price and Yarmouth mayor Cllr Steve Cowley. Picture by Marion Heming
A CARING member of the West Wight community has been presented with the Yarmouth Mayor’s Award at the Royal Solent Yacht Club.
Sonia Price, 72, a former nurse, initially "retired" to the Island 32 years ago but has never given up work.
After accepting the award from Cllr Steve Cowley, she said: "It was all a bit of a shock, I was persuaded to come to the Yarmouth Carnival’s annual senior citizens’ Christmas party, only to find it was all a plan to present me with the certificate."
When she moved to the Island, she opened a small nursing home in Yarmouth and despite "retiring" again, she still makes fortnightly lunches for elderly members of the community and helps take them on days out.
Sonia, of West Hill, has five daughters with her late husband, Gordon — Elizabeth, Rebecca, Louise, Naomi and the youngest, Tamsin, who was born on the Island.
Her son, David, died in a hit-and-run and she said: "We always remember him."
Sonia has also been involved with Naomi House children’s hospice, in Winchester, and travels to the mainland to support the charity.
She said: "Shortly, I will be moving back to the centre of Yarmouth for a few months and then I will go back to the mainland to be with some of my family.
"They feel it is about time they looked after me and they don’t want me to be on my own."
On making the award, Mr Cowley said: "Some wonderful members of our community were put forward for this award but Sonia was supported by so many people."
The lunch was the last of the six events Yarmouth Carnival organisers, led by chairman Chris Waddington, put on for the community throughout the year.