Award for inspirational volunteer in Banstead
12:07pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
An inspirational elderly volunteer who has devoted 10 years of her life to helping people with sight loss has been presented with a national award.
Pauline Holloway, 83, from Sutton collected the chairman’s award for volunteering at the Macular Society’s annual London Conference, which recognises the hard work put in by volunteers.
Age-related macular degeneration affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK.
Mrs Holloway, who runs the Banstead macular group, was delighted to collect her award.
She said: “It felt absolutely fantastic to pick up the award.
I still didn't feel that I really deserved it, but people were so lovely about it that I almost came to believe I did.”
She was nominated by 81-year-old Roy Freeman, who is a member of the group Mrs Holloway runs.
He said: “Our macular group in Banstead was formed about 25 years ago and Pauline has been at the hub of it for the last 10.
“She is the real driving force behind the group and helps to make it a success.
“She puts a lot of effort into running it. It’s a nice feeling to be able to meet other people in a similar situation to myself. It makes a real difference.”
The Macular Society’s group in Banstead meets on the third Monday of each month from 10am until noon, at Banstead United Reformed Church in Woodmansterne Lane.
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