The Paul Harris Fellowship Award

We are very proud that last night our Managing Director Richard Roberts was presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, an award rarely given to someone outside of the Rotary organisation.

It was awarded for the many years of charity work and support given by Richard in his role both as Managing Director of Trident Garages and outside in his personal life. At the ceremony, attended by a number of Woking's charity organisations, Richard said:

I was delighted and humbled that The Rotary Club of Woking have honoured me with the award, when surrounded by so many people who give their time freely to so many great charities. Our ethos at Trident has always been to give back whenever we can to the communities we operate in, we have also made a conscious effort to continue through the tough times, as charities have been hard hit by organisations cutting their charity support. And it was particularly poignant to accept the award in Trident's 50th Anniversary year.

Trident has sponsored and supported many organisations with pride, including, The Rotary Club of Woking, Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, Knaphill Athletic Football Club of which Richard proudly holds the position of Club President, Woking Bikeathon - since it started 25 years ago, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, Age UK Surrey, Horsell Scouts, Ottershaw May Fair, Ottershaw Players, Pyrford Flower Show, Pyrford Parish, The Parish of Bisley & West End, Pyrford Primary School, Brook Hall Ottershaw, White Lodge Centre, Helene Raynsford - Paralympian Gold Medallist rower at the Beijing Games, Weybridge Vandals Rugby Club, West Byfleet Golf Club - Annual Charity Day Sponsor, Ashley C of E Primary School in Walton, Macmillan Cancer, Jean for Genes Day, Children in Need, Comic Relief, and many other worthy causes as budget allows.

The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is the highest honour a Rotary club can bestow on a person, either inside or outside the club. The award therefore acknowledges Service Above Self which that individual has offered to their community.

Paul Percy Harris (April 19, 1868-January 27, 1947) was a Chicago, Illinois, attorney best known for founding Rotary International in 1905, a service organisation that currently has well over one million members worldwide.