South Eastern news

30 May 2012

McCarthy & Stone’s search for the most extraordinary retired people in the UK came to Romford this week, when South East nominees of the first ever National Retirement Awards gathered together for a regional judging event at Tythe Court.

Along with their friends and family, the award nominees attended a special celebration of their achievements at the Retirement Living development on White Hart Lane, before meeting with regional head judge and managing director of McCarthy & Stone in the South East, Nigel Sibley, to discuss the reasons behind their nominations in greater detail.

“As Britain’s leader in retirement living, McCarthy & Stone really wanted to celebrate the often overlooked achievements of those aged over 60, many of whom contribute so much to both their local communities and our wider society as a whole,” commented Mr Sibley.

“We have had the pleasure of meeting some truly amazing individuals at this event, and it has proven very difficult to whittle them down to just five category winners. However, we hope that by celebrating the successes of all our nominees, we will be able to inspire others to enjoy active and fulfilling retirements.”

During the event, nominees from across all five categories had the opportunity to talk about their unique contributions and stories, before the judging panel announced the five regional finalists that will go on to take part in the national competition later this year.

The winners across the five categories were:

  • The National Retirement Award for Community – Anthony Mogridge from Faversham, Kent
  • The National Retirement Award for Courage – Sheila Miller from Raynes Park in London
  • The National Retirement Award for Sport – Paul Freedman from Hornchurch, Essex
  • The National Retirement Award for Charity – Dan Lyons from Redhill, Surrey
  • The National Retirement Awards Overall Winner (South East Region) – Christine and Michael Pilch from the Park Hill Trust in Caterham, Surrey

The National Retirement Awards were launched in November 2011 with the support of former Olympic champion Dame Mary Peters DBE. The winners of the regional finals will go through to the national finals, where overall winners for each category will be decided by a judging panel that includes Dame Mary.

The national winner in each individual category will scoop a prize of £1,000 while the nominee named as the “National Retirement Awards Overall Winner” will be presented with a cheque for £5,000.

McCarthy & Stone provides specialist retirement developments that offer an active, independent retirement lifestyle for the over 60s with the peace of mind of additional security, home ownership and companionship. For further information, telephone 0800 919132 or visit