12/03/18 - Labour honours selfless Councillor and Mayor
Richard Goddard was presented with the “Paddy Prize” at last week’s Mid Sussex Constituency Labour Party meeting by the Party’s South East Regional Organiser, Billy Christie. The award was made to Richard for his 30 years of service to the Mid Sussex community, loyalty to the Labour Party and as a district and town councillor.
The prize was set up in 2011 to commemorate Paddy Henry, who represented Labour for the Bentswood Ward, Haywards Heath for nearly 20 years. Richard follows only one previous recipient, Philip Parkhurst from Burgess Hill. This reflects the high standard needed to be considered for the prize, based on sustained and effective service to the people of Mid Sussex. Richard, with nearly 25 years service as a Councillor and three as Haywards Heath's Mayor is a beacon for all politicians who wish to serve the local community.
Greg Mountain, Chair of the Haywards Heath Branch, welcomed the award and said, “It’s richly deserved. I don’t know how Richard finds time to sleep. He is now Chair of Governors at St Paul’s Catholic College, Chair of the Ashenground Community Centre and a long serving magistrate. And in the rest of the day he runs the family plumbing business".
On receiving the prize Richard was as modest as ever: “Being awarded the Paddy Prize was a truly great honour. Paddy was such an inspiration to us all. To be presented with an award bearing his name is something very special”.
Labour Party members are proud to be associated with Richard and know how well respected he is by senior figures in other local political parties. As Pam Haigh, Chair of Mid Sussex Labour Party stressed, “We admire and respect Paddy’s and Richard’s work in representing the Labour Party. They have truly represented Labour values, selflessly helping everyone in our community.”