Graham is one of SRSB’s longest serving volunteers who has supported our charity in various roles. He has become a well known face in the organisation whilst carrying out office work, guiding, collecting and helping at events as well as raising sponsorship!
He is a very active 89 year old who helps several charities and he was previously nominated as a ‘Diamond Champion’, which is a national award supported by The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee).
However, Graham is no stranger to Royal acknowledgment, as he received an MBE six years ago!
Graham, a retired steelworker and D-Day veteran, first became involved with SRSB after seeing an article in a local paper. He initially contacted Dyane (who was SRSB’s Volunteer Co-ordinator) and took part in our Visual Impairment Awareness Training which aims to give our sighted volunteers a better understanding of sight loss.
He began working in the office as a Tele-Friend, contacting visually impaired people at home. This service aims to reach clients who may be quite isolated and not able to get out of their own homes very often. Graham also facilitated discussion conference calls with several clients at once.
He became involved with the Sheffield Visually Impaired Walking Group as a guide walker and made many great friends because of this role.
Graham is still a regular volunteer at collections and fundraising events and has helped with many events including our ‘Walk for Sight’, concerts and our running events to name a few!
He also takes part in many races, and still runs every day. He has done the Sheffield Half Marathon and also completed the London Marathon in just 3hrs 40mins at the age of 60! He has run in the Great Yorkshire Run several times and is taking part again in September!
Graham explains why he enjoys volunteering so much ‘It just makes me feel good, knowing that you are helping others and not thinking about yourself. I wanted to help SRSB because I have a lot of empathy for people with sight loss. I also enjoy the social side of volunteering because you get to meet lots of people’.
We are lucky to have Graham as a volunteer considering his extremely busy lifestyle! We certainly think he is a ‘Diamond’ and want to wish him lots of luck with the award.