A Derry man who has spent almost a decade volunteering for Foyle Search and Rescue has been awarded an esteemed national Volunteering Award for his commitment to saving lives in the North West.
Local Marks & Spencer employee, Adrian Boyd, was named as the winner at the retailer’s annual Pride of M&S Plan A Awards in London.
Adrian (49), who works at the M&S Crescent Link store in Derry, was recognised for his work ethic and dedication to volunteering.
He has been a volunteer for the Foyle Search and Rescue organisation for the past nine years, helping to recover missing people and prevent suicides in the area.
Patrolling the river at night, Adrian can clock up to 30-40 hours a week on top of his working week at M&S.
Adrian was one of just under 400 M&S employees nominated for an award this year and was presented with a certificate and prize to celebrate his achievements at the Pride of M&S ceremony, held in London recently.
Adrian said: “It was a fantastic surprise to win the award. I really enjoy my job and being recognised by my colleagues for my commitment to this worthwhile cause over the past nine years is wonderful.
“It is an honour to think that there are people alive today that, without the support of this charity, might not still be here.”
Mike Barry, M&S’ Director of Plan A, added: “These awards give us the opportunity to recognise our local heroes who are making such a positive impact in their community and celebrate some truly inspiring stories.
“This is the most inspiring event we have at M&S and it is great to listen to some of the incredible accomplishments of our employees. The quality of nominations for the awards this year was outstanding, so our winners really do deserve recognition for their achievements. As you can imagine, we’re very proud of Adrian.”
The Pride of M&S Plan A Awards are now in their 15th year and reward M&S employees’ achievements in supporting their local communities.