Local Hook resident, Harry Barrett, has been awarded Volunteer of the Year by SeeAbility, one of the UK’s foremost sight loss charities. He was recognised for his commitment to SeeAbility’s residential service Fairways in Fleet, which offers specialist care to seven people living with sight loss and additional disabilities to help them develop essential life skills for greater independence and quality of life. Harry was chosen from scores of volunteers throughout the charity’s services and was presented with his Award by SeeAbility Chairman, James Deeley, at the charity’s AGM. SeeAbility was formerly the Royal School for the Blind.
Manager of Fairways Pat Batterham said, “Harry is a shining example of an outstanding volunteer. For ten years, he has cycled in all weathers, usually three times a week, to tend to the front and back gardens at Fairways. Whether it is bitterly cold or blisteringly hot, he quietly and unassumingly gets on with tending our gardens. As well as gardening, he takes an interest in the people who live here and offers help and support in other ways, too. He is a fantastic volunteer and we are indebted to him”.
Harry said, “I am humbled to receive this award which was completely unexpected. I am delighted that everyone at Fairways get such pleasure from the gardens and I am glad to know the great people who live there.”
SeeAbility operates services across the south of England. If you would like to volunteer with SeeAbility in Fleet, please contact Lesley-Anne Gane on 01252 815256.
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