Accent resident and community champion, Billy Hill (left) has been included in the New Year’s Honours List and recognised for his outstanding contribution to community life in Horden and East Durham.
Parish Councillor and Accent Advocate, 69 year old Billy will receive a British Empire Medal (BEM) later this year. The award approved by the Prime Minister and awarded by the Queen recognises Billy’s efforts to make a difference in Horden and his hard work over many years to improve the lives of local people.
In his role of Parish Councillor for the last ten years and as an Accent resident, community champion and most recently, one of our Accent Advocates, Billy has worked tirelessly to meet the needs of other residents and create a more sustainable community. Having worked with a range of partners, Billy has delivered a variety of projects which have included among many, establishing Horden Heritage Centre, creating a community garden for the elderly residents of nearby Robinson House and with some Accent help, delivering crime prevention equipment to many of Horden’s most vulnerable residents.
But some of Billy’s proudest achievements have been in responding to the needs of individual people who have asked for his help. The soldier, a veteran injured from his time in Afghanistan who Billy fought for and found a home suitable to meet his care needs. Or the elderly lady unable to use the stairs of her home until Billy picked up the phone and got a stairlift fitted and at no cost! Following a stroke which meant early retirement as a lorry driver, making a difference has been Billy’s vocation.
In accepting the honour, Billy who enjoys living in his Accent bungalow in Horden, says he hopes the news will generate positive headlines for the village. He is looking forward to receiving his medal and attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace where he will have his wife Valerie in mind who passed away in October last year.
From all at Accent, congratulations Councillor Billy Hill BEM.