VOLUNTEERS with a Bognor Regis-based charity have been formally thanked for their contributions.
Helpers at 4Sight Vision Support received personalised certificates which reflected the time they had been involved with its services for blind and partially sighted people around West Sussex.
Some had achieved platinum status as a result of volunteering their time for more than 30 years.
The awards for this year went to: Culture Vultures for the Volunteer Group Award, Phil Adams (Fundraiser of the Year), Dorothy Lazenby (Inspirational Volunteer Role Model) and Maureen Jenkins (Individual Outstanding Volunteer).
Maureen said: “Losing one’s sight is terrifying and learning new skills to cope with everyday tasks is daunting.
“Helping 4Sight Vision Support members is rewarding and organising fundraising events to help provide essential services is also enjoyable.
“It’s just good to help. Thousands of people in our area are visually impaired and I believe that we should all do our bit to help those less fortunate than ourselves.”
The volunteers were joined by their friends, VIP guests and staff for the ceremony at the Shoreham Centre, one of 4Sight Vision Support’s support centres.
4Sight Vision Support volunteer co-ordinator Karen Mclachlan said: “It was wonderful we were able to award and recognise the vital and valuable work our team of over 300 volunteers do.
“This was an opportunity to pay tribute to our volunteers who go above and beyond and exemplify the true potential of volunteering and acknowledge the difference they make to 4Sight Vision Support and, more importantly, the difference they are making to the lives of our members.”
4Sight Vision Support would also like to thank Sight Support Worthing, West Sussex County Council, Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester and Adur Talking News for attending the event and supporting the charity and its volunteers.
Lucie Maldoom, of Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester, said: “It was a real pleasure to be involved with the awards panel and so nice to be part of celebrating the volunteers.”
Pictured above, left to right, are: Jane Aston (on behalf of Dorothy Lazenby), Maureen Jenkins, Ellen Davis of Culture Vultures and Margaret Russell (on behalf of Philip Adams).