The Wokingham Society's annual meeting had the midas touch

Published: 10 Dec 2013 09:300 comments

The Wokingham Society welcomed a number of esteemed guests to its annual general meeting.

Sally Wilson holding the Olympic torch

David Tinker, the immediate past President, was awarded an honorary lifetime membership to the society, after serving as president for four years, and in various positions for two decades.

Peter Must, chairman of the society, said: “We were delighted to honour his [Mr Tinker’s] years of devotion to the best interests of the town and to thank him for the many hours spent in campaigning and advocacy to preserve what is best about Wokingham.”

Current President Lady Elizabeth Godsal presented him with his award.

Also at the meeting was Sally Wilson, a local businesswoman and fundraiser, who regaled the group with her stories of being an Olympic torch bearer for last year’s games, and even brought the golden torch along.

She was nominated for her fundraising efforts for Help for Heroes, after fracturing her spine in 2009 following a serious accident.

Ms Wilson said: “I was thrilled to receive the book on Wokingham and its history. Whilst I only moved to the town 5 years ago, I have been a part of Wokingham life since my school days and it is interesting to see how the town has changed and evolved.”

She has been tirelessly fundraising ever since, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, walking the Machu Pichu trail in Peru, and completed the Reading Half Marathon and the London Marathon. After her speech she then invited everybody to hold the torch.

Peter Must said: “Our members and guests were fascinated and hugely impressed to learn what drove Sally to get involved with Help for Heroes and to hear about the literally thousands of miles she has covered in her fund-raising initiatives.”

The meeting took place on Wednesday November 20 at Wokingham Town Hall.

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