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Awards for dedicated volunteers supporting research

Two volunteers for the Brendoncare homes charity have been recognised for their outstanding work.

Sharon Green (pictured below) won the joined the Community Champion Award in the Pride of Andover Awards. Sharon joined Saturday Club as a volunteer in 2018. She has trained to be an Impact Exercise Champion and she now delivers exercise sessions to several clubs online and in person.

Also to receive an award is Janice Eastlake, from Southampton, who received a very special award from Hampshire-based charity, Open Sight, for her work latterly as a Brendoncare Exercise Champion.

These awards are given to people within Hampshire’s visually impaired community, Janice having been diagnosed with macular degeneration 12 years ago when she was 65.

Joining Brendoncare in 2014 as a volunteer at her local West End club for older people, Janice committed herself to keeping active, getting out and about, meeting people and feeling useful.

Such was her commitment, she became Club Leader, running a very successful club for several years. Not content with this achievement, Janice became a Brendoncare Exercise Champion in 2021 as part of the ImPACT research project. She now runs seated exercise sessions each week at her club and promotes the benefits of it at other events.

Janice was presented with the Andrew Thorburn Award for Outstanding Achievement in the over 65 category by the Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Adam Manning, accompanied by the Mayoress, Mrs Alison Manning. Also present was Open Sight’s CEO David McKeigue.

Consultant and Research lead Dr Stephen Lim who works with Research Fellow Sam Meredith commented: "It's so nice to see volunteers Janice and Sharon getting recognition for the fantastic work that they do."