Giving credit where it's due

February 26, 2009 ,

IN communities across Wales there are many unsung local heroes that continue to provide a valuable service for the village, town or city they live in.

It was therefore a great honour for me to recently have the opportunity to recognise the contribution two local people have made to their communities in Cardiff West.

They are Ely lollipop lady, Denise Cummings, and a stalwart of Fairwater Rugby Club, Brendon McAloon.

The two of them are well known in Ely and Fairwater respectively for their years of dedicated work in the community.

Denise Cummings has been a lollipop lady for over 20 years and helped generations of children attend Herbert Thompson Primary School safely.

I was asked by Downing Street to nominate a person that had made a valuable contribution to their community and I think Denise fitted that description perfectly.

Brendon McAloon is the youth team secretary at Fairwater Rugby Club and has been a significant factor in getting young people involved in the sport.

I thought his contribution deserved to be recognised and so I recently invited Brendon to attend the All Party Parliamentary Rugby Awards where he had the opportunity to meet the great Gareth Edwards.

Through my work as a MP I have also come across many people from carers to volunteers that regularly make a valuable contribution to their community and many do this with little reward or acknowledgement.

That is why I have a section on my website dedicated to local heroes as I think it is only fitting that these people who work so hard in the community are recognised for their work.

If you know of any other local unsung heroes in the Cardiff West area I would be eager to hear from you at the email address - brennank@parliament.uk.