Frank did it his way to win volunteer of the year in Doncaster

RDaSH Chairman Madeleine Keyworth with award winner Frank Harding, 81.
RDaSH Chairman Madeleine Keyworth with award winner Frank Harding, 81.

Big-hearted octogenarian Frank Harding has been named RDaSH’s Volunteer of the Year for going the extra mile to help Doncaster people with dementia.

Frank, 81, of Barnby Dun, has volunteered in the Trust’s Community Memory Therapy Services for the past three years.

He said: “Volunteering really is a two-way street. Apart from giving something back and helping others, it keeps me in regular contact with other people and stops me being lonely.”

RDaSH deputy team leader Sharon Evans said: “Frank is a true gentleman and truly deserves recognition for the contribution he makes to our service.

“He gives his time freely and unconditionally and uses his own personal experience of being a carer to help and support others.

“Our service users love to see Frank and he is very much valued and appreciated by everyone.”

Runner up in the volunteer of the year awards was Neil Maughan, who is a mentor in Doncaster’s Drug and Alcohol Services. He has been a driving force in promoting the benefits of programmes run by the service to service users, who regularly report back how much they have appreciated his support during their vulnerable times.

And in third place was Richard Hopper, who runs the weekly Recovery Café in North Lincolnshire, which is part of the Junction’s drug and alcohol service. He shows complete dedication to his duties as a volunteer and is a great support to all service users, who say he never lets them down.