Nominations for Pensioner of the Year needed

Maisie Crawford.  INLS 1241-533MT.

Maisie Crawford. INLS 1241-533MT.

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Age Concern in Derry are on the look-out for nominations for this year’s ‘Pensioner of the Year’ award.

The award was first promoted in 1987 and was held in the Embassy Ballroom on the Strand Road.

The late Jimmy Duffy, who was well-known in the City because of the tremendous contribution he made to the theatrical, musical and sporting scene in Derry, was the first winner of the award.

A spokesperson for Age Concern Derry said: “Many older people throughout the town are involved in voluntary work in many different levels and in various organisations and community centres. It is vital that these contributions are recognised and appreciated and the Pensioner of the Year Award offers opportunity to do so”.

Maisie Crawford, a previous winner, said winning the award was one the best things to ever happen her.

“It was lovely to receive the award and to realise that my work in the different organisations, no matter how little in places, was appreciated and obviously making a difference to other peoples’ lives.”

Nominating is easy! Simply request a nomination form from Age Concern Derry, Malvern House, Chapel Road, Derry and provide details of the nominee and the reason why you feel they are worthy of this prestigious award.

To be nominated a person must be over the age of 60 years and living in the Derry City Council Area. Nominations can be made by organisations, groups or individuals. Completed nomination forms must be returned by 1pm on Friday November 22.

For more information telephone 028 71 347 478.