Award for Broadacres' volunteers
Published by Neil Shaefer for Broadacres in Housing and also in Communities
Award winners Pauline Taylor, Debbie Albinson and Wendy Braithwaite outside Town Close extra care scheme in Stokesley.
Three volunteers who have helped to raise thousands of pounds and given up thousands of hours of their time to help people living in a North Yorkshire extra care scheme have had their tireless work recognised through an award.
Wendy Braithwaite, 55, and sisters Pauline Taylor, 54 and Debbie Albinson, 52, recently received the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Team Award in the ‘Cornerstone of the Community’ awards held by Newcastle Building Society.
The award is in recognition of their volunteer work over the last seven years at Town Close, a 40-apartment extra care complex scheme owned by Broadacres in North Road, Stokesley.
The trio do everything from providing companionship for the elderly residents through to raising money for the Town Close social fund and running weekly activities.
They were nominated for the award by Melanie Hall, Support Worker, and Christine Foy, Broadacres’ Extra Care Coordinator at Town Close.
Christine said: “We are reliant on volunteers and without their continued help and support we wouldn’t have been able to provide the social activities which play such an important role in the health and wellbeing of the residents.
“We are very lucky to have Wendy, Pauline and Debbie because finding good volunteers is like gold dust, and they thoroughly deserve this award.”
Wendy and Debbie, who both live in Stokesley, and Pauline, who is from the town but now lives in Rillington, Malton, say they were shocked when they discovered they had won the award.
They said: “There were so many groups that deserved to win so it was very flattering when our names were called at the awards ceremony.
“Being a volunteer, especially in somewhere like Town Close, is very rewarding and you certainly feel like you are making a real difference to peoples’ lives.”
Anyone who would like to find out more about volunteer work at Town Close can contact Christine Foy on 01642 717730 or email email@example.com
Newcastle Building Society’s Cornerstone of the Community Awards were open to people in Stokesley, Darlington, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool, where the Society has branches. There were four categories – People’s Choice Award, The Young Person’s Award, Business Award and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Team Award. The category winners each received a trophy and cheque for £200.
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