Volunteer wins award for his work with disabled kids’ charity

Lee Norman (left) with fellow award-winner Michael Groves and the manager of the Heanor warehouse, James Newton (right).
Lee Norman (left) with fellow award-winner Michael Groves and the manager of the Heanor warehouse, James Newton (right).

A volunteer from Kimberley has been recognised for the tireless work he does for a charity that supports disabled and terminally ill children.

Lee Norman received the Special Celebration Award at a national ceremony hosted by Newlife, which specialises in providing care, equipment and grants for youngsters and their families.

It is estimated that Lee has put in more than 870 hours volunteering for the charity. And so impressed has Newlife been with his work ethic that it has offered him a paid contract, making him a valuable member of the warehousing team that supports the charity’s retail store on Market Street, Heanor. The store sells low-cost fashion items to raise money for the charity.

Lee said: “It feels good working for such a good cause. I enjoy working at the warehouse and was very pleased to win an award for my volunteering.”

The Special Celebration Award recognises volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty over the last 12 months. Lee’s tasks have ranged from de-labelling clothes donated for the store or repairing jewellery sold in the store

Also rewarded for his volunteering with a paid contract at the warehouse was Heanor man Michael Groves, who said: “It’s like a big family at Newlife. It’s good that we all come together to help disabled and terminally ill children.”

Newlife’s national volunteering manager Kevin Lowe said: “Whether you’re retired or have a few extra hours a week to spare, volunteering is something we value at Newlife. The sense of knowing what you are doing will change a child’s life and future is such a meaningful act.”

So far, Newlife has supported 961 families and donated equipment totalling more than £1 million.