Friends of Thringstone
985. Nita Pearson
Nita Pearson, from Leicestershire, has dedicated herself to preserving the history of her Leicestershire village as Chair of the ‘Friends of Thringstone’ community group.
After a long struggle with her mental health, Nita decided to throw herself into supporting village life. Her tireless research into the history of Thringstone has uncovered unknown stories for the village heritage archives and Nita has authored 15 local history books to bring her findings to life for local residents. Nita is also passionate about conservation and, under her chairmanship, the friends group has coordinated a number of large scale environmental projects with local businesses including mass flower bed planting and litter picks.
Nita was presented with her award by her local MP Andrew Bridgen, who recommended her for this recognition (pictured below).
In a personal letter to Nita, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“As the driving force of ‘Friends of Thringstone’ you have demonstrated your dedication to preserving the heritage of your village. The books you have written are helping to uncover the history of Thringstone and improving the community archives for generations to come.”
Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire:
“I am delighted to make this presentation to Nita which recognises the dedication she has shown to the village of Thringstone. I have frequently seen her collecting rubbish early in the morning and she fully deserves to be recognised with this award for all she has done for the local community.”
“My mother, herself a volunteer, taught me to believe volunteering was something everybody should aim to do, and I have always done something in my community. I feel humbled to think that this has attracted the attention of the Prime Minister and to be given such an award is wonderful.”