Local community champions who've saved thousands from scams given Hero Awards

A life-long volunteer, a wounded veteran and a neighbourhood watch legend have all been given an award for the work they do to protect local people from being scammed. 

Geoffrey Boswell, Karen Holdsworth-Cannon and Geoff Pegg have all received the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) Brian Smith Hero Award. 

Described as the ‘father’ of Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards Volunteers, 88-year-old Geoffrey Boswell (pictured left), has worked as a Scam Marshall and Community Champion for the last five years. A carer for a relative who’d been caught in a scam, Geoffrey uses his personal experience to help vulnerable and socially isolated people to recover from their ordeals. He is seen as the ‘eyes and ears’ of his community, running ‘Friends Against Scams’ sessions as a SCAMchampion and assisting trading standards with test purchasing and food allergen work. 

Likewise, wounded veteran Karen Holdsworth-Cannon, one of the first to be trained as a SCAMchampion, passes on her knowledge to thousands of ‘Friends Against Scams’ community-based organisations and local business groups. She has appeared on BBC’s Rip Off Britain, and runs a radio show on Surrey Hills Radio, where she promotes scams awareness and the work of trading standards. 

As Operations Director for High Wycombe Neighbourhood Watch, Geoff Pegg’s passion for his community has never faltered. Geoff is also a regular on local radio promoting scams awareness, and has held almost 60 community events, training residents to become ‘Friends Against Scams.’ (Geoff Pegg and Karen Holdsworth-Cannon pictured with Steve Baker MP)

In addition to running one of the largest Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the county, Geoff volunteers his time with Bucks and Surrey Trading Standards as a SCAMchampion, working with local care homes and community groups.

The CTSI Hero Awards celebrate those who make outstanding contributions towards consumer protection in our communities. 

Age UK has some great advice for how to be Scam aware - relevant for all ages! Go to https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/money-legal/scams-fraud/


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