Bolt strikes twice!

 It was a wonderful experience to be part of the Cornwall Celebrates Volunteering awards ceremony Thursday 24th November 2016 at the prestigious Atlantic Hotel in Newquay. There were star studded performances from Daphne Skinnard (Radio Cornwall) and the Lord Lieutenant Col Edward Bolitho (the Queens representative in Cornwall). The volunteers present, highly commended and winners, were the real stars of the day. The overall winner and winner of his category - Supporting Elders - was Terry Bolt. Terry volunteers for Volunteer Cornwall and Age UK (Cornwall), fund raises for Macmillan, sings for Sterts and puts so much effort into helping the elderly particularly those who are bereaved, isolated and lonely. Terry has set up a men’s lunch group, known affectionately as “Blokes that Brunch”, once a week in a pub that brings socially isolated men together, some with complex needs. He picks some of them up just so that they can attend and facilitates this social event, making sure everyone feels inclusive and ensures they have a fun time. He has even encouraged some of the men to take up volunteering themselves turning their lives around and reintegrating them back into society. Terry also supports a walking group around the Tamar Valley, which assists people socially isolated with mobility issues to walk around the Tamar Valley, meet others and get valuable exercise whilst taking in breath-taking views. When the overall winner was announced Terry’s face was priceless, he was completely astonished and couldn’t quite believe what he was hearing. Terry was a thoroughly well deserved winner and proof that lightening does sometimes strike twice! Well done Terry.