Devoted Mavis, 86, gears up for tenant UK finals

REGION'S HOPE: Mavis Williams, 86, will be looking forward to representing the northern region in the finals of the Tenant of the Year award following her numerous selfless acts to improve Wheatley.

REGION'S HOPE: Mavis Williams, 86, will be looking forward to representing the northern region in the finals of the Tenant of the Year award following her numerous selfless acts to improve Wheatley.

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A WHEATLEY great-grandma is preparing to represent the North in a national competition for tenant of the year.

Selfless Mavis Williams has worked tirelessly for her community, and earlier this year clinched the title of the northern region’s Tenant of the Year awards.

The 86-year-old was nominated by St Leger Homes - the organisation that manages around 21,000 homes for Doncaster Council - for the Tenant Participation Advisory Service competition.

She may have retired, however Mavis has not stopped and despite battling ill health, continues to dedicate her time to helping to improve the community for tenants and residents in the area.

She became involved with the tenants’ organisation in 1992 and went on to join the Doncaster Federation of Tenants’ and Residents’ Association in 1993.

She took on the role of secretary and is still an active member today - a milestone that also makes her the longest serving member of the Doncaster federation.

Much-loved Mavis is the only person to have been made a honorary member of the tenants’ movement and has travelled around the country championing for the rights of residents attending crucial meetings at the Houses of Parliament.

The treasurer of the Wheatley CAN Tenants’ and Residents’ Association also sells books and homemade cakes to raise money for two trips a year to the coast for tenants.

And if that’s not enough, Mavis makes an annual donation to the National Lifeboat Institute and was the driving force behind improvements carried out to the gardens around the flats in her area.

She said: “I wasn’t expecting to win the regional title but it was nice to do so.

“I’m looking forward to July to see if I win the national title.”

Susan Jordan, chief executive of St Leger Homes, said: “Mavis was a worthy winner of the regional award. She devotes so many hours to helping shape our services and in supporting and helping tenants. Well done Mavis! Our fingers are now crossed for when she goes to the national finals.”

The national finals take place in Birmingham on July 17.