Who is YOUR pensioner of the year?

Do you know a pensioner who has made a difference to your life or the lives of others?

At this time of the year, Age Concern Derry is seeking nominations for their prestigious ‘Annual Pensioner of the Year’ Award, now in its 24th year.

Age Concern Derry believes the Award is a practical and positive way to demonstrate to older people that the significant contributions that many of them are making to their communities deserve recognition. It also allows society to thank an older person who may be giving or has given outstanding service in the city. It can be an acknowledgment of the contribution that older people have made to the building of the city and to help convince them that their voices continue to be listened to, and attention paid to their concerns, especially on issues that impact directly on the quality of their lives and they are not and never will be forgotten.

A spokesperson for Age Concern Derry said: “It is our aim to promote and foster a positive image of older age and to discourage the stereotyping of older people. Throughout their lives many older people have given of their time and energy to helping others and they continue to do so, in return we should strive to recognise and reward their efforts,” the spokesperson added.

To be nominated for the ‘Pensioner of the Year,’ a person must be over the age of 60 years and live in the Derry City Council area. A person can be nominated by an organisation, a group or an individual.

The nomination process is quite easy; get a nomination form from Age Concern Derry, at Malvern House, Chapel Road (Telephone: 71. 347478) complete the form and return it before Friday, November 11, 2011. To assist those nominating, Age Concern Derry have suggested a number of guidelines: 1) Helping groups or individuals who may be disadvantaged by age, physical or mental disability; 2) Contributing to the improvement of local amenities or the environment; or 3) Helping to campaign for worthy causes.

The winner of this Award will receive, ‘A Golden Holiday Break,’ for two courtesy of Hotel Westport. A spokesperson for the hotel said “We are delighted to be associated with Age Concern Derry in this event and we can assure the winner of a memorable five days in Westport.” In addition to this prize, the winner will receive the Age Concern Derry Trophy and a telephone from British Telecom who are also helping to sponsor the event.

The Award will be presented at a Gala Evening in Malvern House, Chapel Road on Thursday, November 17, 2011. Admission is by ticket only. Tickets are available from the Reception at Malvern House, Chapel Road.