GUARDIAN ROSE: “Kath has been there for me for 60 years”

Kath Dixon, centre, is presented with the Guardian Rose by her God daughter, Karen Mellott, left, and lifelong friend Pat Fotheringham in Worksop on Friday.
Kath Dixon, centre, is presented with the Guardian Rose by her God daughter, Karen Mellott, left, and lifelong friend Pat Fotheringham in Worksop on Friday.

A pillar of the Worksop community who “goes out of her way” for those in need has been honoured with a Guardian Rose award by her best friend of 60 years.

Kath Dixon, 79, “burst into happy tears” when she was presented with the accolade by her best friend Pat Fotheringham and goddaughter Karen Mellott this week.

Karen assisted Pat with the nomination which she says she has been wanting to make for years in order to thank Kath for her support over 60 years of friendship.

Pat said: “To put it simply, there is nobody like Kath.

“I met her at Brownies in the 1950s, and since then I have had my share of ups and downs in life- but she has been there for me through them all.

“My husband Ernest and I became the best of friends with Kath and her late husband Brian, sharing many happy times together.

“Ten years ago my husband Ernest was diagnosed with Motor Nuerone Disease and I have also been diagnosed with leukaemia in the past.

“During these difficult events, Kath has run us to so many appointments and done everything she can to help us.

“Nothing has been too much trouble- and that doesn’t just go for Ernest and I- she goes out of her way to help anyone she can.

Kath has been going down to the shop to pick up a Guardian for Pat and Ernest every Friday for ten years.

Pat added: “I thought it would be lovely for Kath to see herself in the paper and know how much she means to us.”