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Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Ernie Oliver has volunteered all his life.

The 93-year-old can often be seen taking part in litter picks and clean ups in Cudworth and his ability to motivate and organise others has had a lasting effect on his community and the surrounding area.

He volunteers on the Cudworth Ward Alliance and is always on hand to help at the annual Cudworth Tea in the Park gala.

The sense of giving back is particularly important to Ernie, who has previously said he will retire perhaps when he reaches 100.

Having collected his award, Ernie said: “I'm feeling excellent. I'm very proud but I must mention that I am part of a team of about five or six.

“I would rather help people than receive help and when I got to bed at night I think about if I have done some good today. And if not, I tear a strip off myself and make sure I do something good every day.

“I do what I can and don't like to grumble.”

We all know someone who has selflessly devoted themselves to a cause not because they are paid, but because they believe in it.

We want you to nominate these people for our Volunteer of the Year award and show them that we recognise their invaluable contribution to our community and value their good work.

The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.

  • Does your nominee volunteer for a local charity?
  • Do they run a kids football team or organise a neighbourhood watch scheme?
  • Are they a regular hospital visitor, dementia friend or on the board of school governors?

So long as they are not paid a salary for the work that they do, you can enter them in this category.