Six individuals will be receiving Freemen of the borough status - they are...
Chris and David Baybutt
Brothers Chris and David Baybutt were founder members of Ravenhead Renaissance, a public/private sector consortium established in 1988 to provide a development and regeneration framework for St Helens. Their work has included the regeneration of more than 100 acres of derelict land next to St Helens town centre, plus the development of Ravenhead Park Retail site.
Willowbrook Hospice cares for people over eighteen years of age with life-limiting illnesses living in the St Helens and Knowsley area. The charity makes no charge for its services, but relies on its own fundraising efforts and a modest contribution from the NHS. Since the Hospice opened in 1997, it’s cared for over 5,000 patients.
Bill Ainscough and Langtree Construction, of which he is Chairman, and has over 40 years’ house building and property experience. Langtree have been responsible for the development of the Saints stadium, including raising the finance to support the project, without them the stadium would not have gone ahead.
Kirsty Pilkington has been the Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside since 2002 and was also High Sheriff of Merseyside between 2002 and 2003. She was awarded the MBE in January 2010 and has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship - an honour given by the Rotary Foundation in appreciation of the furtherance of friendly relations among peoples of the world.
Saints chairman Eamonn grew up in Haydock and went on to study at Cambridge University before beginning a career in banking with saw him rise to the top of HSBC’s Asian Investment Bank in Hong Kong. In 2000 he returned to England, becoming Saints chairman the following year. Eamonn and his fellow directors have been the drive and the catalyst behind the development of Langtree Park.
Jean was the chair of Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action. Voluntary work was to become a way of life for Jean when she became involved with the local Guide Dogs for the Blind and became a special needs lecturer at Newton College.