Billericay Town Council Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Award 2017

Published: 12 May 2017

Billericay Town Council Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year

For the second year running Billericay Town Council has made a Citizen of the Year Award, however for the first time we also made an award to the Young Citizen of the Year.

Our first Young Citizen of the Year is six year old April Simmonds who won for being a kind and caring big sister to her little brother, Fraser, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. April plays an active role in her brother’s care and is the protective big sister helping him with daily tasks and adapting her games so he can join in. April is an example to us all of helping others which is remarkable at such a young age.

April was presented with her award at a special school assembly at Sunnymede Infants School on 8th May. April and her brother will also be switching on the Christmas Lights in Billericay on 19th November.

April’s mother, Shelley, is trekking twenty miles up Snowdon in June, carrying Fraser in a specially adapted back pack, to raise money for research. If you would like to donate please visit:

This year we decided to award the title of Citizen of the Year to Carl Roberts. Carl is a member of the Billericay Community Cinema and is responsible for scheduling and choosing the films that are shown, the technical side of making the film trailers, projection and training other projectionists. He now offers his services voluntary to support community groups in creating promotional videos for them to use on their websites and social media. It was while working with these groups that Carl conceived the idea of the Billericay Volunteers Network bringing volunteers and good causes together.

Carl was presented with his award at a screening of the Billericay Community Cinema on the 11th May in front of many of those who have seen the good work he does. Jim Devlin, Town Council Chairman, said, "It is gratifying to know of the efforts of both our winners. April shows that caring for others is rewarding in itself and Carl is clearly a great asset to the community."