From the Uxbridge Gazette
Ian Parkinson, of Field End Road, Eastcote, has been put forward for the Fabulous Fundraiser category of the annual competition, run jointly by the Uxbridge Gazette and Leader Series, and Uxbridge college.
The 45-year-old has been recognised for putting his heart and soul into generating thousands of pounds for his local community.
With Eastcote in grave danger of having no Christmas lights last year, due to a lack of cash, Mr Parkinson was personally asked by the town's business community to assist with their fund raising efforts.
In just eight short weeks, he organised a festive light appeal which raised an impressive £18,500.
The semi-retired accountant also raised the £7,000 necessary to arrange the biggest Christmas market and fayre Eastcote has ever seen, attracting a staggering 10,000 visitors.