Volunteers from West Norfolk who give their time to help people with sight loss lead a full and independent life were recognised at a special celebration event at Vision Norfolk’s hub in King’s Lynn.
Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk Lady Romney and Mayor of King’s Lynn Lesley Bambridge visited the sight loss charity’s premises on Hamburg Way to present certificates to the volunteers, each of whom has clocked up many years’ service helping vision impaired people in the town.
Jos Banthorpe, Mandy Ford, and Geoff and Gwen Ticehurst give their time to undertake a range of tasks, including driving, fundraising, running an audio book club, and providing telephone support for people experiencing isolation as a result of their sight loss.
Deputy Lieutenant Lady Romney paid tribute to the quartet, saying, “Without people like you volunteering their time, our county would be a much poorer place.”
Vision Norfolk chief executive Andrew Morter said, “Volunteers are the lifeblood of any charity, and Vision Norfolk is fortunate indeed to be supported by over 150 volunteers from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.
“The charity’s team of volunteers undertake a huge range of activities, including helping at sports and leisure activities, advising at eye clinics, being Telefriends, driving, fundraising, escorting and guiding, and working in the charity’s three local hubs.
“Vision Norfolk could not provide anywhere near the range of services for vision impaired people in Norfolk without our army of volunteers, and we are extremely grateful to all of them.”
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with Vision Norfolk can find out more by visiting www.visionnorfolk.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer, or calling West Norfolk volunteer co-ordinator Penny Whitby on 01553 660808.