Citizen of the Year award

Geoff Weekes, Chair of Trustees of Bridgemead Care Home, has received the prestigious Citizen of the Year award on Thursday 18th May at the Mayor’s Parlour.

The Mayor of Bath’s Citizen of the Year Award recognises exceptional volunteers who have made an enormous contribution to the lives of those living in the city. Geoff Weekes has been given the award for his leadership of the trustees at Bridgemead Care Home and for overseeing the campaign to raise funds for a much-needed new extension. Geoff will receive his award from The Mayor, Councillor Paul Crossley, at a special ceremony in the Mayor’s Parlour on 18th May.

Marian McNeir, who nominated Geoff Weekes, says “Geoff has been involved with Bridgemead since it was founded 25 years ago, through his friendship with Dr Ray King, a Bath GP, and members of the Widcombe Baptist Church. Together, they pledged to offer the highest quality of care for local people, whatever their faith, social or financial circumstances. They raised funds and commissioned Feilden Clegg Bradley to design and build their iconic building on the banks of the Avon. Geoff has been a Trustee since December 2003 and was appointed Chair of the Trust in July 2012. He has given selflessly of his time and energy to lead the very able, committed team of trustees and make a huge difference to the lives of older, vulnerable residents by enabling them to flourish, and so realise Dr King’s vision. Residents are from all over the city of Bath and that’s why I thought Geoff would be an excellent candidate for the Mayor of Bath’s citizen medal.”

Geoff Weekes says “I’m very honoured to receive this award. It has been a great privilege to work with my fellow trustees, staff and volunteers to maintain a lovely home with values driven by the same Christian principles on which Bridgemead was founded. We really value the recognition and support of the Mayor at this crucial time as we have just submitted plans to carry out a major upgrade to our current building in St John’s Road, Bath. The new wing will extend services for vulnerable older people in a dementia-friendly setting. We will also be creating space to realise our plan to offer more facilities for older people in the community. As well, the building will be protected from flooding. We will need to raise £4,400,000 for the scheme and are excited to start fundraising for these vital new building plans.”