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Award for dedicated volunteer

Posted on May 23 2012 at 1:47:26

David Richards

A volunteer who helped to set up a thriving support group for people affected by visual impairment in Barnt Green has been nominated for a national award.

David Richards, aged 86, set up the local Macular Disease Society support group 12 years ago, aiming to offer advice, encouragement and friendship to people affected by the condition.

His hard work and dedication has led to a nomination for the Chairman’s Award for Volunteering in the Macular Disease Society 25th Anniversary Awards for Excellence, to be held in September.

Alan Ridding, who nominated him for the award, said: “David has just retired from being the Barnt Green group’s treasurer and secretary. He has given impeccable service, is always on hand to give advice and has worked very hard to grow our group into what it is today.“

David, who is affected by macular disease himself, said: “It’s a great honour and privilege to be nominated for this award. It feels very rewarding to be able to do something for others in my advanced age.”

The Barnt Green support group meets on the last Friday of each month from 2–4pm at the Friends Meeting House, Sandhills Road.

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