Today we’re celebrating a double win for Contact the Elderly at the Bexley Volunteer Awards! A huge congratulations to John and Freda Vine who won the Long Service Award, and the Green Watch firefighters at Sidcup Fire Station who took home the Inspirational Team Award.
John and Freda have been helping tackle loneliness in their local community as Group Coordinators for 42 years, and have organised an astonishing 504 tea parties! The humble duo said of their win that they couldn’t have done it without the incredible support of their amazing network of volunteers in the Bexley 94 group. Alison, Development Officer for South East London said “John and Freda have enriched the lives of so many older people and we are absolutely delighted that their dedication and commitment to Contact the Elderly over so many years, has been acknowledged in this way.”
Also recognised were Neil Fox and his incredible team at Sidcup fire station. Neil and his colleagues in Green Watch, have been involved with Contact the Elderly for the past six years, hosting tea parties, Christmas dinners and organising trips to the seaside. The support they have given us is invaluable and we couldn’t be more proud that they’ve received this award.
Thank you again to John, Freda and Green Watch at Sidcup Fire Station!