Recognition for Chris Goninan

The work of a retired teacher from St Just who has long campaigned for better health services for people in West Cornwall has been recognised by the Department of Health.

Chris Goninan, from St Just, had been recognised as an unsung public health hero by Jane Ellison, just prior to moving from her role as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health.

The minister said the initiative to celebrate Public Health Excellence in 2016 was particularly focused on “the people who are quietly getting on with it, and who deserve to be in the spotlight.”

Chris Goninan has received “deserved recognition from the Department of Health” for his contribution to improved healthcare in West Cornwall.

I have worked alongside Chris for many years going back to my days as a Penwith district councillor on a number of projects including intergenerational initiatives, health campaigns and charity fundraising events. He has always impressed me as someone who is focused on what he can do to help people improve their lives.

As a champion for older people at Penwith District Council, he set up the Older Peoples’ Forum, which still runs today and has been at the forefront of a number of initiatives, including a fuel poverty scheme to help those in needy households in Cornwall to cut their fuel bills, the much-acclaimed Living Well Penwith pioneer project and in helping to set up Penwith Community Radio a few years ago.