Warwick District’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau has celebrated the opening of its newly refurbished waiting area paid for by the generosity of former volunteer Roy Kenwright.
Mr Kenwright, a former Spitfire pilot who died in 2012, dedicated much of his time to helping good causes including the CAB.
He left the branch, based in Hamilton Terrace, Leamington, £2,000 which paid for the waiting area to be redecorated and have new signs, chairs and a TV o n the wall to inform clients about the advice process.
On the day of the launch a picture of Mr Kenwright longside the article publised in the Courier which paid tribute to the 90-year-old after his death, were hung on the wall of the waiting area.
The event was also among those the branch is holding to celebrate the CAB’s 75th anniversary year.
In a recent quality inspection the branch scored 90 per cent which places it among the top three per cent of all bureaus nationally.
The auditor said: “None of the above could have been achieved without a great deal of hard work and strong leadership and all those involved, both paid and volunteer staff, are to be commended for their outstanding performance at this quality of advice audit.”
Mr Kenwright, who was made an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2000 for his services to the community, flew specially camouflaged blue Spitfires on more than 125 reconnaissance missions over Europe in the Second World War.
He was recognised for his brave service by being awarded with the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Medal for War Service from the former USSR.
Retiring in 1987 at the age of 65, Mr Kenwright was determined to remain active and he worked for 30 hours a week
for organisations including the YMCA, Warwickshire Association for the Blind and the Myton Hospices.
He has been described as “a humble gentleman of whom many were fond”.