Volunteer honoured for important work

Michael Holroyd (right) with his Action on Hearing Loss Award, being presented by Paul Breckell (left), Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss.
Michael Holroyd (right) with his Action on Hearing Loss Award, being presented by Paul Breckell (left), Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss.

A volunteer has been honoured for his life-changing work with deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

Action on Hearing Loss helper Michael Holroyd, from Alnwick, was presented with the People’s Champion award, in recognition of his tireless commitment to help run drop-in clinics in north Northumberland.

The clinics offer local people who have hearing loss the opportunity to have their NHS hearing aids maintained regularly, collect new batteries and gain information about their hearing loss.

Michael has been a volunteer for three years and is a reliable, enthusiastic and well-respected member of the team.

Each month he covers Hear to Help drop-ins at Alnwick, Amble, Rothbury, Ponteland, and Cramlington – as well as visiting three care homes/sheltered housing sites in Cramlington.

Michael will also cover other venues in north and central Northumberland if needed, such as Belford and Morpeth.

He was presented with his award at the Action of Hearing Loss Regional Volunteer Awards ceremony, which was held in Northumberland.

Michael said: “Volunteering with Action on Hearing Loss is tremendously rewarding and enjoyable being able to help improve the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people in my local area.

“I really appreciate winning this award and am happy I have helped such a worthwhile charity make a real difference to local people.”

Action on Hearing Loss is seeking volunteers. For details, contact Sandra Welburn by calling 01670 504290 or emailing volunteering@hearingloss.org.uk