Former mayor of Blackrod receives civic award for helping people with disabilities
A FORMER Mayor of Blackrod who has dedicated his life to helping people with disabilities has been presented with a civic award by the Mayor of Bolton.
John Seddon, aged 84, was presented with the award at the town hall by Cllr Colin Shaw in recognition of a tireless campaign to improve the lives of people with disabilities, and their families.
Mr Seddon said: “I feel very honoured that something I enjoyed doing for so many years has been recognised — and I hope there will be a legacy left in the services that we created.”
His involvement with people with disabilities stretches back to 1987 and includes helping to launch Bolton Shopmobility — a service that offers people with a disability a wheelchair or powered scooter to get around the town centre.
Mr Seddon was one of the key figures in setting up Community Care Options — a not-for-profit company launched in 1991, which provides a range of projects to offer high quality services for people with a disability.
He has also been chairman of Greater Manchester Community Health Council and the Bolton Community Health Council.
One of Mr Seddon’s proudest achievements was the formation of Grosvenor House — a nursing home for people with challenging behaviour — which later helped to resettle residents into supported tenancies.
He said: “That home helped to build a relationship again between people with those behaviours and their families.”
Cllr Shaw said: “I have known John a long time and he deserves this honour.
“This award comes from the thousands of people he has helped over the years with his hard work.”
The leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris also paid tribute to him,
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