Volunteers Thanked For Their Dedication

Published 1 July 2015

Two events to thank the volunteers who are the driving force behind Sight Support Derbyshire have been held in Derby and Chesterfield.

The charity hosted a cream tea for around 70 volunteers from Derby and the southern area of the county at Broadway Baptist Church in Allestree, Derby.

And in Chesterfield, volunteers from north Derbyshire met at The Winding Wheel for a celebration fuddle.

Much of Sight Support Derbyshire’s frontline work offering services to people who have sight loss is carried out by ordinary members of the public who give their time to the charity.

This can include befriending, working in hospital eye clinics to offer advice and reassurance, or helping out at leisure and social groups, children’s clubs, or with fundraising activities.

In Allestree the Mayor of Derby, Councillor Paul Pegg, presented long service certificates to 12 volunteers with a total of 113 years’ service between them. June Woolley, a volunteer since 1999, was presented with the charity’s Distinguished Service Award.

At The Winding Wheel, the Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Barry Bingham, presented long service certificates to four volunteers who have notched up a total of 45 years’ service. Councillor Bingham has chosen Sight Support Derbyshire as one of his nominated charities of the year.

Claire Winfield, Chief Executive of Sight Support Derbyshire, said: “Without the support of our volunteers, the charity could not do the range of work it does and we would not be able to help the number of visually impaired people that we can. They are the backbone of Sight Support Derbyshire.

“Meeting the volunteers and presenting awards for long service and distinguished service is always a highlight for me. I’m always impressed by their dedication and enthusiasm.”

Lynne Smitheringale, Volunteer Services Manager, added: “We have around 250 volunteers at the moment and we always want to hear from people who are interested in joining us.

“Everyone receives full training, and is supported by our staff. Even if you only have a couple of hours free a week, there is something you can do to help, and it could be the most rewarding time you spend.”

Anyone who is interested in volunteering for Sight Support Derbyshire should contact 01332 292 262 or email volunteering@sightsupportderbyshire.org.uk.

Click here to see our gallery of photographs form the Derby event.

Click here to see our gallery of photographs from the Chesterfield event.

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