A Caistor woman has won a national charity award as ‘DeafBlind UK Volunteer of the Year ‘ and, as a result, will attend the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 12.
Dawn Stopper has worked for the organisation for ten years since her early retirement.
Deciding to spend some of her time helping others, she responded to a newspaper advertisement, beginning as a driver taking members to the monthly club in Grimsby and to various social events.
However, she was soon involved on a more personal basis, visiting house-bound members or those in a care home, offering to do shopping and consequently Dawn became a ‘befriender’ and on one occasion invited members to her garden for afternoon tea.
At the DeafBlind she is in popular demand for reading amusing poems and organising games.
Asked what she found particularly rewarding about the work, Dawn said: “I find everyone so cheerful and friendly despite the difficulties they face. Many rely on the help of volunteers for the only social contact they have and it is such a joy to see the pleasure that their outings bring.”
And her husband, Dr Mike Stopper, added: “I am delighted Dawn has received this award for her selfless dedication but it is typical of her that she feels she is no more deserving than other volunteers within the group.”