ISLE of Wight members of the hearing charity, Action on Hearing Loss, had a double reason to celebrate last month.
Not only did staff and volunteers hold their annual Christmas party at Newport, they also learned they had been presented with the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award.
The award recognises the inspirational work of the charity’s volunteers across the country, including the 29 on the Isle of Wight, who undertake roles such as supporting people adjusting to life wearing an NHS hearing aid, befriending people isolated by hearing loss, fundraising and providing information about life-changing equipment and services.
In 2012 the charity’s dedicated team of volunteers have given 3,646 hours of support to more than 2,200 Island residents.
Around 30 staff and volunteers attended the party, which was held at the charity’s Island base on the Riverway estate, Newport.
Service manager Ann Emery said: "We are delighted with the award. It reflects what the volunteers really bring to the charity and we are all so pleased."
The chief executive of Action on Hearing Loss, Paul Breckell, said: "Hearing loss can be very challenging and isolating, so we’re delighted the life-changing reassurance and support from our amazing volunteers across the UK — including our hardworking inspirational team on the Isle of Wight — is being recognised with this tremendous honour."
• For information about volunteering for Action on Hearing Loss, contact 01983 529533 or e-mail IOW@hearingloss.org.uk