Walk leader is awarded

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AN EASTWOOD volunteer has received national recognition after being awarded a Certificate of Exceptional Service for his work with a walking group.

Broxtowe Borough Council teamed up with Natural England to present Jeff Catherines with the award at the Eastwood Volunteer Bureau last month.

Mr Catherines, who is a volunteer walks leader for the North Broxtowe Walk and Talk group, said: “I would never have believed how popular this group would become when we began walking eight years ago.

“I am just one of the team of dedicated leaders without whose support this success wouldn’t have happened. So, when I accept this award I do it on behalf of us all.”

The 65-year-old has dedicated much of his spare time towards improving the group over the past eight years. He takes on a range of administrative duties within the group, as well as developing new routes and pinpointing new starting points.

He has set up a committee and constitution and even visited other schemes to see how their practices can be adapted to improve the Broxtowe Walk and Talk scheme.

The project offers a host of short and longer distance walks each week, giving anyone the opportunity to improve their health and make new friends.

Mr Catherines added: “We are an inclusive and friendly group and our aims haven’t changed.

“We encourage people to come and walk with us at a level that is appropriate to their ability.

“We also promote social wellbeing as well as the improvements to health and mobility associated with taking regular exercise.”

Each walk is led by a qualified walk leader and is completely free of charge.

For more information about the Walk and Talk scheme, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3572, email sport@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/sport4me.